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My Wife and Kids

Family dynamic creates few laughs for the family.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Parents are not very responsible, arguing and ridiculing the kids. The kids often seem hurt by their banter.


Slaps and hits and threats are common in the Kyle household. Not bloody, but questionable.


Dad and son admit to owning "pornos" without remorse. Parents allude to sexual frolicking in almost every episode. A major storyline involves teen pregnancy.


"Shut up" is the most commonly repeated phrase on the show.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Issues about drugs are discussed and dealt with maturely.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sitcom is based in contemporary upper-class suburbia and focuses on a "traditional" father in a non-traditional world. The parents are always making jokes about their sex life, and the father and son joke about owning porn. Some families will find the show funny, while others may find it offensive. Episodes often deal with heavy issues like teen pregnancy, drug use, and body image. The effect, however, is that of a show that doesn't take itself seriously.

What's the story?

Though it's a madcap comedy, MY WIFE AND KIDS' comic formula centers on one family's dynamic. Mom Janet (Tisha Campbell) is the breadwinner and sets the rules, dad Michael (Damon Wayans) is the caregiver and the loose screw, son Michael Jr. (George Gore II) is a dolt, elder daughter Claire (played by both Jazz Raycole and Jennifer Freeman) is a clumsy beauty, and youngest daughter Kady (Parker McKenna Posey) is smart and sassy. The family members constantly gang up on each other before sharing advice and love at the end of the show.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the relationship between the kids and their parents. Is it over the top or realistic? The family members also tease each other a lot. You might want to ask your kids if casual violence is ever funny or appropriate, or if teasing or being teased by family members is OK.

TV details

Premiere date:March 28, 2001
Cast:Damon Wayans, George Gore II, Tisha Campbell
Networks:ABC, Nickelodeon
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Kid, 12 years old June 3, 2011

My Wife And Kids!

Personally I like the show but I defiantly wouldn't let my 10 year old sister watch it... To much talk about porn and sex. The characters are funny but to many swear words. You really have to be old enough to under stand some of the jokes. My Wife And Kids also has a lot of love going on... between couples and a 16 year old son making a young women pregnant it would be a lot for a little kid to handle!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old March 15, 2011
I LOVE this show I am actually watchign it righ tnow on NICK! I think this is a good show for learning abotu what might happen if I do this or that or that kind of stuff. Very funny.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written byMaya13 August 9, 2012

Best nick at nite show

I love this show but some episodes are not for kids 12 and under.
What other families should know
Too much sex