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Parents' Guide to

Rules of Engagement

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Spade's relationship-oriented sitcom offers comedy, cliches.

TV CBS Comedy 2007
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+
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't like it. He plays his normal weasily, sexist type role. For the record I haven't watched every episode, probably about 25-30 total. It was good, but not so good I went digging to find every episode. What I saw was for the most part funny interaction between the main characters, leaning toward the adult side as far as humor but nothing a teenager couldn't handle.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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.

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