A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's message is ultimately about building connections across cultural divides, but it often makes more of characters' differences than their similarities. Family is shown to be an important source of love, support ... and headaches.
Positive Role Models
Most characters have comical flaws -- one has OCD, another caves to her parents' wishes, etc. -- but no one's a terrible role model. One character is a bit of a schemer, but his intentions are generally harmless. The cast is culturally diverse.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Jokes about sex and implied sex behind closed doors. A female character appears in a bra, etc. Some kissing and sexually charged terms like "make-up sex."
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Audible terms like "balls" and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking, with occasional overindulgence played for laughs. One character smokes cigars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cross-cultural sitcom is relatively light when it comes to language and sex, although there's some sexual humor (with terms like "balls" and "make-up sex") and implied hanky panky behind closed doors. Some jokes rely heavily on stereotypes for humor. There's some social drinking, too, which is typically played for comedy, and a secondary character who smokes cigars.
Is It Any Good?
Saturday Night Live alum Schneider isn't exactly known for breaking out on his own as a comedy lead. (As evidence, we submit Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo, The Hot Chick, Big Stan, etc.). So it's a bit of a stumper to see him cast in his own sitcom -- which not only bears his first name but also bears striking resemblance to his actual life. He also co-wrote the pilot, basing much of the plot on his own experiences with his Mexican in-laws ... but it largely feels like he forgot to add the funny.
There's nothing particularly bad about Rob!, yet there's also nothing that makes it particularly good. And tired cross-cultural jokes about undocumented workers and large Catholic families don't really do much to bring the humor beyond ho-hum. But there is one plus: It at least adds some diversity to prime time.
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