See Dad Run

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Sitcom's take on gender roles is fun for tweens, teens.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 16 reviews

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Positive Messages

The show centers on an atypical family unit with a working mom and a stay-at-home dad. His ineptitude with his kids and with homemaking duties is the show's primary source of humor, but he does show improvement in some of those areas as time goes on. Though the characters aren't perfect individually or as a family, there are positive messages in how they work through their problems with communication and respect, not to mention the fact that David willingly accepts his new role so that his wife can follow her own dreams. Expect some potty humor (vomit and the like) and a pretty sanitized impression of life, thanks to the family's obvious financial comfort.

Positive Role Models & Representations

David's cast as a floundering parent who can't manage the most menial of tasks, and his incompetence is played for laughs. Amy is a long-suffering wife who jumps at the chance to have the career she put on hold for David's. Together they manage to strike a balance between their personal needs and those of the family, and each one makes sacrifices for the sake of the other.


Dialogue sometimes includes references to topics of a sexual nature, as when a man mentions being "turned on." A married couple is shown cuddling and kissing in bed, and a teen girl talks about dressing and talking a certain way to get a guy's attention. Rare instances of nudity (a boy's groin is blurred when it's exposed by a costume malfunction) are comical rather than offensive, and the dialogue has fun with body part words like "pianist" (mistaken for "penis").


"Damn," "bastard," "boob," and "suck it." (In the case of "suck it," it's what a teen tells her dad to do when she's angry at him.)

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that See Dad Run is a family-centered sitcom that's funny, heartwarming, and well suited for older tweens and teens. Sexual references are mild and mainly deal with body parts (playing on like-sounding words like "pianist" and "penis," for instance), plus a married couple shows affection by kissing and cuddling, which sometimes leads to one or both of them being "turned on." A teen girl has moments of defiance and disrespect toward her parents, but they always reach a truce through honest communication with each other. Expect some language along the lines of "damn" and "suck it." Ultimately, though, this likable comedy offers a comical glimpse at the imperfect nature of family life and the complicated and meaningful relationships within it.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTinyToya April 3, 2013

Boring beyond words.

I tried to watch this show but it's so boring. Whenever it comes on it just feels like a washed-up bad pitch for a sitcom. Yes, I get the idea of the Dad t... Continue reading
Adult Written byJesyka42591 February 24, 2013


Though the family values are decent, I don't think it compares to traditional family sitcoms. I am usually the type to find humor in anything and I don... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 11, 2015

Iffy for tweens

This show is suitable for teens but iffy for tweens and kids. The show was made for tweens but it is not educational. It is a sitcom like Icarly but more for tw... Continue reading

What's the story?

In SEE DAD RUN, Scott Baio stars as David Hobbs, a longtime TV star-turned-stay-at-home-dad who takes over the household and child-rearing duties at home when his wife, Amy (Alanna Ubach), reprises her role on a soap opera. But David quickly realizes that being a hands-on father is a lot different from playing an award-winning one on TV, and when the daily needs of his three kids -- Emily (Ryan Newman), Joe (Jackson Brundage), and Janie (Bailey Michelle Brown) -- are more than he can handle, he calls in reinforcements in his ex-assistant, Kevin (Ramy Youssef), and his former boss, Marcus (Mark Curry).

Is it any good?

See Dad Run is a laugh-out-loud sitcom that marks the triumphant return to scripted comedy for the still-charming Baio. Instead of settling for a run-of-the-mill show hanging its hopes on the reputation of a well-known star, this show goes the extra mile in casting and in content. Baio is surrounded by talent that complements his own, so much so that he's often outshined by his lesser-known costars, and the writing attempts to take an honest (if somewhat sanitized) look at issues that face many busy families, especially those whose make-up doesn't match the "traditional" family structure.

The concept of an inexperienced Mr. Mom's trial by fire isn't new to comedy (or to Charles in Charge alum Baio, for that matter), but he manages to make the show feel fresh, funny, and poignant with seemingly little effort. From soothing his son's anxieties to reconnecting with his teenage daughter, Baio's character accepts every challenge his new role forces on him, and he does it so that his wife can have the career she gave up while he was busy with his own. Not only does this make for heartwarming moments, it also pays homage to the changing appearance of modern families.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how they relate to each other. How do your interactions with your parents and siblings differ from those in the Hobbs household? Are the troubles that they face relatable to you?

  • Teens: Do you think this show is attempting to teach you something, or is it just intended as entertainment? What does its content say about gender roles? Does the fact that it's a comedy lessen the impact of those messages?

  • Is there such a thing as a "typical" American family? How does the household structure differ now from a few decades ago? In what ways have the changes improved our quality of life? Are any of them a detriment to us?

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