Parents' Guide to

My Wife and Kids

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Family dynamic creates few laughs for the family.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+

a wasted opportunity for a good show

The sex jokes, which are often put in out of the blue for no good reason, make this series questionable for children under 13. But that's not the main problem of the show. Its main problem is that one character is always trying to upstage all the others. In the process the storylines and the messages usually get lost.
age 12+

Seriously,CSM is a bad taste!

Please ignore CSM! My Wife and Kids is a funny,cool,and an AWESOME SHOW! Thanks for hating on MW&K CSM (sarcasum) !

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (27):

What happens in between the teasing and the advice-giving is where the series goes awry. Serious issues like teen pregnancy, fears about social acceptance, drug use, body image, and placing value on a spouse's contribution to the household are mixed in with ridiculous behavior such as slaps, threats, and angry outbursts. The issues themselves are often glossed over, and the fact that they're addressed at all shouldn't overshadow the reality that the adults might handle them poorly. Janet and Michael admonish their kids' chaotic behavior at the same time that they exhibit very childish behavior themselves -- it might be difficult for tweens and young teens to understand what's meaningless banter and what's inappropriate behavior.

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