Meet the Smiths

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Blended-family reality show offers good, clean fun.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The importance of family is the main theme. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The family is close, especially the siblings. 

Violence

There are occasional disagreements, but nothing violent. 

Sex

Children make silly references to being "sexy," but nothing else.

Language
Consumerism

Apple computers, Infiniti and Cadillac cars, Steel Barbells gym. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adult wine consumption at restaurants. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Meet the Smiths is a family-friendly reality series that contains positive messages about how a tight-knit blended family lives their lives. Starring NBA world champion and Emmy-winning sports commentator Kenny "The Jet" Smith and his wife, Price Is Right model Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, the show highlights the challenges of raising a family when each parent brings a different style of discipline to the table. Single parenthood and divorce are briefly referenced, and there are mild disagreements and silly children's references to being "sexy" but nothing to really worry about. 

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What's the story?

MEET THE SMITHS stars NBA world champion and Emmy-winning sports commentator Kenny "The Jet" Smith and his wife, Price Is Right model Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, as they raise their blended family. Together they're bringing up Gwen's daughter Monique; Kenny's biological kids, Kayla and KJ; and the couple's young children, Malloy and London. From Kenny's difficulty coping with Monique going off to college, to Gwen's efforts to get the children to pick up after themselves, the two show how they keep their family happy and healthy despite their very different parenting techniques.

Is it any good?

The family-friendly series shows some of the day-to-day interactions that take place when everyone is home. It's a big crowd, and sometimes it's hard to keep the peace. There are some humorous moments, though, especially when Kenny's laid-back and fun-focused approach to being a dad isn't consistent with Gwen's more disciplined style. It's not the most original of shows, but Meet the Smiths contains its fair share of manufactured on-camera activities (and drama) to keep reality fans interested. There also are lots of positive messages here, especially when it comes to being good parents and understanding what it means to be a family. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why families agree to be on reality shows. Do you think reality TV can be used to send positive messages? 

  • How do the Smiths differ from your own family? How are they the same? 

TV details

For kids who love family-friendly reality

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