Me, Myself & I

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Sitcom with cluttered but thoughtful parallel storylines.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Follows a man through three momentous stages of his life, touching on emotions and issues that will resonate at different times with different viewers. Though some serious themes arise (divorce, financial hardship, health concerns, etc.), the show is mostly humorous and glosses over anything impactful. Some moments celebrate positives, such as a stepparent willingly taking on a parental role, and a teen overcoming social jitters.

Positive Role Models & Representations

A stepparent becomes a role model and source of advice for a teen (and later an adult). A man learns at various stages of his life that there's value in taking calculated risks.

 

Violence
Sex

Adult couples kiss, and teens flirt with each other.

 

Language

Occasionally "damn."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byLizzie T. November 5, 2017

Love it!

This show has depth, the writing is smart and it moves at a snappy pace. The umbrella message of the show is that it is not what happens to us that defines us,... Continue reading
Adult Written byPittsburghmichaels October 4, 2017

SNL Veteran gets is own show that is good

Me, Myself and I is a great show. I think the show is different in a good way about a man at three different ages in his life. Their is nothing that would offen... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byJack321 December 3, 2017

Me myself and I

Very good very funny no violence mild language but my opinion 8+ and for under 8
Teen, 15 years old Written bymissjk November 3, 2017

Good representation of ambition and resilience

Interesting plot line about an ambitious inventor during three major stages of his life. Nothing too graphic and great for the family to enjoy.

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?

  • Which characters in Me, Myself & model positive strengths like perseverance? Is this something you actively notice when you watch a show or movie? 

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