A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series shows that men can be the primary childcare providers in a family, and be perfectly comfortable and successful in this role.
Positive Role Models
These likable, capable dads enjoy having fun, but they, like their wives/partners, are committed to their children. Several of the wives are CEOs, directors, or hold other high-ranking positions in their field.
Violence & Scariness
Despite occasional conversations about their children's accidents or randomly pulling out knives from the dishwasher, there's nothing violent here.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Conversations about having sex that will likely go over the head of younger viewers. One episode discusses vasectomies in detail. Stone likes to date…a lot.
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Words like "damn" and "bitch" are audible; words like "Goddamn" and "s--t" are bleeped. Lots of bathroom humor; only some that's associated with diaper changing.
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Products & Purchases
Occasional quick references are made to products and/or services, like Groupon.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Quick references are made to kegs and "magic brownies," but the strongest beverage served here is apple juice.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Modern Dads is a reality series featuring stay-at-home fathers that's not really geared toward a kid audience. Expect some occasional iffy language and some light sexual innuendo that will go over younger kids' heads. There's lots of bathroom humor, too. Despite all of this, the series sends strong, positive messages about the capabilities of both men and women when it comes to having a family and making a living.
Is It Any Good?
Modern Dads highlights the changing role of men in American families, which is evolving from traditionally patriarchal norms that characterize men as the family's primary breadwinners (and women as the children's caregivers) to a more flexible arrangement, that can include being full-time caregivers. The series demonstrates how these men are not only comfortable with these new roles, but are deeply satisfied being their children's caregivers.
There are lots of humorous moments, but unlike many TV and film depictions of stay-at-home dads, these men are not comically naive or deficient. Their jokes don't come at the expense of their children, either. Not only are these men serious about their jobs as fathers, but they are very good at what they do.
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