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Parents' Guide to

One Big Happy Family

By Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Strong family works together to solve their weight problem.

TV TLC Reality TV 2009
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 8+

Love, love, love, love it!!!!!!!!

I was overweight the majority of my childhood. Even though my parents were not overweight, I would have loved for them to workout and eat healthy with me during that period of my life. Tameka and Norris are very incouraging and nurturing parents. I love the fact that EVERYONE is involved in this life changing experience. As a family when something effects one person, it effects everyone in that family. There is strength in numbers and working on this challenge as a family will not only produce physical benefits, but it will also foster the importance of family, love, and support. I wish the Cole family all the best! May God bless them! :o)
age 12+

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Love this show, the entire family is awesome so much love in that family. Norris and Tameka has done a wonderful job in raising two beautiful children.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (2 ):

There's only one reason why this show works -- the fact that the Coles really seem to care about each other. Norris and Tameka are good parents, even if they have let the weight thing get out of hand. Aside from that, they're caring, supportive, and firm with their kids -- and they're willing to accept their part of the responsibility for the whole family's weight issues.

No reallity show is ever perfectly real, but One Big Happy Family seems a lot more real than many others. That's because it's more of a documentary than a gimicky competition or game show -- and the people are doing their best to reverse a lifetime of bad habits rather than score a talent deal.  It's clearly going to be rocky, but if anyone has a chance, the Coles' do ... and you can't help cheering them on.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: December 29, 2009
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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