A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
People need to know that Me, Myself & I is a comedy series that follows a man through three significant times in his life: his early teens, midlife (and post-divorce), and age 65. It has fun with mild stereotypes related to timely events like a first crush and late-in-life love, and draws parallels between things that happen to him at each stage. The format, which jumps from one era to another numerous times within an episode, does require some concentration to follow and can get frustrating when a plot isn't resolved in one sitting. On the other hand, it's a unique way to present the character's process of self-reflection. Expect some strong language ("damn" and the like), hints at sexuality, and some closeness like kissing between couples.
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What's the story?
ME, MYSELF & I stars Bobby Moynihan as Alex Riley, a 40-something aspiring inventor who's recently divorced and struggling to find his career footing. It also stars Jack Dylan Grazer as 14-year-old Alex, new to California since his mother remarried and moved them from his native Chicago. Finally, John Larroquette plays the role of Alex at 65, retired after a health scare helps him re-evaluate his life. The show follows Alex through impactful moments in his life as viewed at these different stages.
Is it any good?
This show has an interesting premise, and it creates a unique format for character development since viewers get to know three distinct versions of Alex. As the story progresses, you're able to make connections between his younger selves and the seasoned citizen he eventually becomes, drawing parallels between different events in his life in ways more traditional reflective moments don't allow. Of the three, Moynihan's Alex is by far the best, sandwiched in between the innocence of youth and the clarity of age.
Where the series struggles a bit is in the transitions from one time period to the next. They happen briskly and without lead-in, and it takes a moment or two for viewers to get their bearings in a new time and place each time. It can be distracting, and it interferes with the story's flow, but it's not a deal-breaker. On the whole, Me, Myself & I boasts thoughtful humor and insight that just might make you reflect differently on the notable moments of your own life.
Talk to your kids about ...
What can we learn from revisiting momentous events in our past? Does every experience have value in what it teaches us about ourselves? If you could talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Why is it important to set goals for the immediate and extended future? How does doing so keep you accountable? How do you respond to failing to reach a goal?
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