TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Brit comedy about adventures of parenthood; some language.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 16 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The series highlights the importance of family, while underscoring the challenges that come with parenting and family life.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sue and Pete are resourceful, loving parents, but when they're overwhelmed they sometimes beg, bribe, or resort to some less-than-ideal ways of getting their kids to behave. The children are generally happy, positive kids, but sometimes lie or engage in various inappropriate behaviors to test boundaries.


Parents occasionally argue. Pete notes the violence at the inner-city school where he teaches. Children sometimes talk about parental arguments; occasionally they pretend to use toy laser guns to kill people. Bullying is discussed.


References are made to sex and female body parts.


Words like "twat," "bastard," "bitch," and "arse" are audible, while words like "a--hole" are muted.


IPods are visible. Online sources like MSNBC are referenced during conversations.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults are occasionally shown drinking wine and hard alcohol. Parents allow one child to sip alcohol to prove that he doesn't like it.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this British series offers a funny and intelligent look at a family with young children, it also contains some mature topics, including coping with elderly parents, bullying, and child behavioral issues. The language is occasionally strong ("bitch," "bastard," "arse"; words like "a--hole" are muted), and there are some references to sex. Both the children and the adults are sometimes shown arguing, as well as discussing (and sometimes engaging in) some inappropriate behaviors, including lying.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKaspermul May 21, 2021

12 year olds should be able to watch

I personally think that my 12 year old son should be able to watch outnumbered and I think it's a great show for 12 and up
Adult Written byXoxox March 9, 2021


Hilariously highlights the ups and downs of parenthood in a mildly rude fashion. Would recommend.
Kid, 10 years old July 6, 2013


I love this show karen is my favourite character, she's always saying what she thinks and i love the episode where she gets knocked down by a car, and the... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLovestvandcats December 5, 2020

What's the story?

OUTNUMBERED is an award-winning British comedy about the trials and tribulations of a family with small children. The series stars Claire Skinner and Hugh Dennis as Sue and Pete, forty-something parents who are a little overwhelmed by their unruly children, 13-year-old Jake (Tyger Drew-Honey), 9-year-old Ben (Daniel Roche), and 7-year-old Karen (Ramona Marquez). Adding to the stress of raising their family is watching out for Sue's elderly father Frank (David Ryall), who is entering the early stages of dementia. Sue's sister Angela (Samantha Bond) also adds to the fray. Life is never dull for this gang, but they never stop being a close, loving family.

Is it any good?

The series offers a humorous but thoughtful look into the world of parenting by filming it in a documentary style that allows the child actors to improvise what they say rather than following a written script.

Some viewers may be unaccustomed to the pace of the show, which moves slightly slower than than most American comedies. It also deals with some serious issues, like aging parents, bullying, racism, and learning disabilities. But despite all of this, it offers an intelligent and witty look at the imperfect world of middle class family life.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what being a family means. Is there such thing as a perfect family? Do families always have to be well-behaved? Get along? Why do families argue, even if they love each other?

  • What can we learn from programs from other countries? What kinds of things do you think people from other countries can learn from American shows? Do you think these lessons are accurate?

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