A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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").
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"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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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.
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.
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