A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The intellectual capacity of the cast varies, but the overall show is about family. Stereotypes about people with exceptional IQs abound.
Positive Role Models
Mike and Kay are loving parents but resort to things like lying to resolve problems with their kids, and they drink alcohol and smoke pot to cope with them. The teens aren't bad, but can be arrogant and manipulative.
Violence & Scariness
Arguing is frequent. Bullying is referenced. A vague reference is made to pedophilia that will go over young kids' heads.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some innuendo, including some crude sexual references.
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Words like "damn" and "hell" are frequently used.
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Products & Purchases
The Hewlett-Packard logo is visible on computers, but it's not obvious.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Central characters drink beer and hard liquor, and regularly smoke pot. Medications like EpiPens are referenced.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Outmatched is a sitcom about two working-class parents struggling to raise three highly intelligent kids (as well as one "average" child). This show features lots of stereotypes about intellectually gifted people, which range from geeky to almost dangerous. Adults often resort to lying to handle their kids, and are shown drinking and vaping pot to cope with the challenges they face. There's some mild arguing, words like "damn" and "hell" are frequently used, and subtle references are made to sexual misconduct that will go over the heads of younger viewers. Overall, Outmatched has a promising premise and fetches a few laughs, but parents should be wary of the iffy messages.
Is It Any Good?
The stale family situation comedy features the antics of parents raising teenagers who are much more intellectually advanced than they are. But the lack of smart writing leads to some lifeless one-liners and flat punchlines, which are emphasized by the laugh track. The characters who are not considered geniuses appear extremely simpleminded, while the gifted children's Sheldon Cooper-like arrogance is more off-putting than amusing thanks to their sense of entitlement. Meanwhile, contemporary activities (like Mike's pot vaping) fail to keep the show from feeling dated thanks to the use of Revenge Of The Nerds-inspired personages and other tired stereotypes. Ultimately, Outmatched fails to consistently deliver on laughs, and those looking for some chuckle-worthy TV entertainment would be wise to skip it.
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