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Brit comedy about adventures of parenthood; some language.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:July 30, 2011
Cast:Claire Skinner, Hugh Dennis, Tyger Drew-Honey
Network:BBC America
TV rating:NR
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 16 years old Written bythe r April 11, 2012

Great series, but hard to understand!

Hard for under-15s to understand. It has some sexual references but nothing too much. Mature teens may be able to cope, but no showing this to your 2 year old.
What other families should know
Great role models
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 bit i love is when she is saying to the nurse this; nurse: ok i'm going to give you an injection it will protect you from an infection called tetanus karen; will it hurt? nurse; just a tiny little bit and not for long karen; just a tiny little bit and not for long, just a tiny little bit and not for long (repeats) nurse: are you ok? karen; yes i'm just trying to remember exactly what you said nurse; ...why? karen; well, if it does hurt then who do i talk to? nurse: ...what? karen; well, you must have some kind of system and it doesnt sound funny but really it is i would say my favourite episode is where they lose the granddad in the airport lol I love all the episodes, it's really funny because there's jake acting like he's about 20-30 and the parent (lol) when really he's 12 in the early episodes and i think now he's 17 i like the episode where misty (sue's sister angela's daughter) is staying (hiding from her dad) and: jake: what kind of tv do you like misty misty; i don't like tv *silence* jake; what music do you like then misty; i don't like music *silence* jake: why've you got an ipod then misty: to shut out the world. there's also ben and he is so funny i love it when its the christmas special and he gets a metal dectector and he says this; ben: dad i've found a long metal pipe in the backyard can i dig it up pete: (not really listening) ok *5 minutes later* pete: oh god no that's the mains water pipe! i also like it when sue's on the phone and he starts talking about parallel universes lol and then there's karen who is my favourite and SO funny she always asks questions and lol she's so funny! there is language (b***h, bas****, bl****, crap, and words like s*** and as****e are muted) and sex references like: pete; lets go to bed in the middle of the afternoon have fun like we used to sue: just to sleep, right pete: uh... sure... and some other stuff
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old August 13, 2011

Great Outnumbered

This show outnumbered is amazing!! I watch every single one thats on because I love it. Ben and Jake are really funny because there always making stupid comments and Jake tries to act like the parent in the house. Karen is always acting very serious and always making broad oppinions. The positive messages come from Pete & Sue (the parents) who are always trying to tel their kids whats good for them. They are always giving the positive messages. The funniest episode is where Sue's dad gets left in an airport. Also there is a bit of bad language bit it's not oftent they appear.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism