Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Sibling rivalry overshadows family comedy's better traits.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 36 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, although there may be subtle social-emotional lessons like "families should stick together" or "being too honest can be unkind." 

Positive Messages

Kids see quadruplets take sibling rivalry to a new level. There's teasing, bugging, and a lot of arguing, all of which makes the group's parents crazy and often leads to messes and mishaps. When they're not pestering each other, they're teaming up for joint mayhem and manipulation, especially of their parents. Although they never face realistic consequences for actions that would cause serious trouble in real life, they do manage to work together at some point in each episode, even if it's to put one over on someone else. The quads frequently eat healthy snacks like grapes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The quads' long-suffering parents are no match for the combined effort of their quarreling kids, who wear them down through persistence and generally irritating behavior. The kids have their moments of clarity when they appreciate their siblings and parents, but most of the time, they nitpick and pass blame, all of which is meant to be funny. 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Some mention of attraction, as when Dicky checks out the pretty girls at a nearby table. In Season 3, "fifth quad" Mae gets a boyfriend and Dawn goes on a date with a boy she likes; hand-holding is the most physical affection we see between the couples; kissing isn't even mentioned as a possibility. 

Language

Jokes are occasionally mildly off-color: "I was the one who tried to flush a watermelon down the toilet." The quads occasionally insult each other: "Dawn can be pushy." There are misunderstandings and arguments on just about every episode, but they generally only rise to the level of friends harrumphing each other, or storming out of a room. 

Consumerism

Episode titles often reference other TV shows or movies, some more kid-appropriate than others. Parents probably won't mind "The Wonderful Wizard of Quads," but they may object to "Keeping Up with the Quadashians."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn is a sitcom centering on four siblings who spend a lot of time quarreling, which causes trouble and messy mishaps that are played for humor. The sibling rivalry may strike a chord with your kids, but the lengths to which these quadruplets go to gain the upper hand hopefully won't. Don't expect to see many realistic consequences for the kids' antics, since the parents rarely dole out punishments even when they're warranted, thanks to their longstanding frustration with the quads' behavior. There are some heartwarming moments when the kids manage to get along and benefit from a cooperative effort, but they're not nearly as memorable as the comical chaos. In later seasons of the show, as the quads mature, parents generally only appear to say a few funny lines -- they don't offer as much guidance to their children as parents might like. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byfuturehopenow October 8, 2015

Obnoxious, Horrid Acting, Fake

It is one of my LEAST FAVORITE shows on Nick or tv in general. The faces the children make are OVER-dramatic. The adults act younger than the children and it... Continue reading
Parent of a 9 year old Written byWendy S. November 5, 2016

We love this show!!

My 9 year old daughter loves all the quads. We have almost every episode on our DVR. She loves it when I watch it with her and we've seen all the episod... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 8, 2015

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, its on!

This show is really interesting, and they have meanings. In the one where the quads have a quad test to see who can go longest without their baby thing, the qua... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 23, 2015

OK...

This show used to be my favorite. Time went on. Same thing every time. Got bored. This show seems like the same thing every time. The kids have a problem, they... Continue reading

What's the story?

NICKY, RICKY, DICKY & DAWN centers on the Harper quadruplets, who share little more than their common birthday and the ability to drive each other (and their parents) a little nuts. There's Dawn (Lizzy Greene), the oldest of the bunch by mere seconds, who's quick with ideas to get the kids out of jams. Ricky (Casey Simpson) fancies himself the smart leader of the group, which often leads to power struggles with his sister. Nicky (Aidan Gallagher) frets over the havoc his siblings' quarreling causes, and laid-back Dicky (Mace Coronel) just lets everything roll off him. But if these kids thought being a quadruplet was hard, it pales in comparison to their parents' (Allison Munn and Brian Stepanek) task in raising them.

Is it any good?

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn sells itself on the idea that sibling rivalry is an inarguable truth of life in a family, and to some degree that's true. But the show takes bothering, bugging, and bickering to a whole new level at the hands of these polar-opposite brothers and sister, to the point where it dominates even the heartwarming messages about family ties and overcoming differences that it tries to sell.

Parents will feel particular exasperation with the grown-ups, who too often cave to the whims of their scheming and somewhat argumentative children. Rarely do they assert authority, and in some cases they even celebrate unworthy moments, such as discovering that the kids worked together (a good thing) to keep their parents in the dark about ruining something special that belonged to their dad (a not-so-good thing). Of course, kids will find this kind of alternate reality very amusing, but you may not. It's worth noting that Season 3 of the show, when the quads are middle school-aged, takes on slightly more mature subject matter, with storylines that deal with petty thievery, popularity, puberty, and school pranks. In various episodes, various Harpers shave their legs, rebel against a teacher and refuse to do classwork, and go on dates to a Renaissance faire. But their tween antics are still pretty innocent, with episodes that revolve around winning a photo contest or the Harpers' hopes of starring in their own reality show. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about getting along and managing conflict. Kids: What kinds of issues commonly cause trouble between you and your siblings or friends? Why is cooperation important? How does working together help ensure that everyone walks away happy?  

  • What rules about behavior do you have in your home? Why is it important to treat others with respect, even when you disagree about something?  

  • Do TV families like this one look and sound like yours? If not, what differences do you notice? How do TV shows and movies help us escape from our own lives for a little while? What rules does your family have about appropriate media choices? 

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