Rules of Engagement

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Spade's relationship-oriented sitcom offers comedy, cliches.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Relatively innocuous messages about relationships, though some stereotypes about men, women, romance, homosexuality, and Indians are prevalent.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The husbands are often insensitive, and the women are often quick to make fun of them. But in the end they all care about one another. Russell often exhibits sexist and homophobic behavior.


Occasionally the men end up wrestling each other, but there’s nothing really violent.


Frank discussion of sex, including one-night stands and subtle references to prostitution. Some scenes in bed before and after sex, without any nudity. Surrogate pregnancy is a theme in later episodes.


Occasional "hell" and "damn."


VAIO computers visible. Labels for foodstuffs like Heinz ketchup and Guldens mustard are visible, but with the logos crossed out.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frequent jokes about long-married husband's drinking -- the idea being that he drinks to endure his marriage. Frequent social drinking. References are made to getting high.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this relationship-oriented sitcom includes discussions about sex (including one-night stands) and paints a somewhat confusing picture of married life. Lots of humor revolves around stereotypical male-female behavior, homosexuality, and other issues. The bachelor character has frequent liaisons, and viewers see him in bed with different women in sanitized sexual scenarios.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycjm8ball October 4, 2015
It's a funny show, a little racy for young kids but nothing crazy (at least not these days). If you're not a fan of David Spade you probably won'... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byMusiclovergig March 3, 2021

An alright sitcom

Davis Spade and the others can be funny at times.
Teen, 14 years old Written byConner Garczynski February 11, 2018

What's the story?

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT feature two couples and their single friend dealing with the various stages of dating, commitment, and marriage. While Adam Rhodes and Jennifer Morgan (Oliver Hudson and Bianca Kajlich) begin their lives as a newly engaged couple, Jeff and Audrey Bingham (Patrick Warburton and Megyn Price) muddle through their long-time marriage. Meanwhile, single friend Russell Dunbar (David Spade) works his way through serial dating and a string of one-night stands. The group is later joined by Dunbar’s assistant Timmy (Adhir Kalyhan), a single-but refined young man who attempts to serve as his boss’ moral guide.

Is it any good?

This traditional-style sitcom pokes fun at relationships of all kinds, and relies on lots of gender stereotypes for laughs. But some of these lighthearted conversations also highlight some of the issues that surface when in a relationship, including communication, trust, and parenthood.

Granted, it contains some frank talk about sex, and Spade’s sharp humor is occasionally borderline offensive. But the show is also very well written, and contains lots of humorous moments, too. It isn’t for kids, but older teens and adults looking for a good laugh may actually find one here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about romantic relationships. What are some stereotypes about men and women in relationships? Homosexual ones? Have you seen these stereotypes play out in your own life?

  • Have you heard jokes about how women or men act in relationships? How do you respond to those kinds of jokes? What messages do parents want kids to hear about the pros and cons of intimate relationships?

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