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Sinbad: It's Just Family
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality series featuring comedian Sinbad and his family as they readjust to living together contains some humorous sexual innuendo (including references to “copping a feel”). Expect discussions of the entertainer’s much-publicized financial woes, as well as his somewhat stagnant career, but they are offered in contexts that are both positive and humorous. A few logos are visible.
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What's the story?
SINBAD: IT’S JUST FAMILY is a reality series following entertainer David Atkins, a.k.a Sinbad as tries to readjust to living under the same roof with his wife and children while attempting to jump start his career. After losing his home to the I.R.S., the actor and comedian settles into the house belonging to his wife Meredith Fuller, who he has recently remarried. Also joining them is their daughter, 25-year-old singer Paige, and 22-year-old music student Royce. Learning to live with each other again isn’t easy, but they rely on their love for each other -- and their sense of humor -- to see them through.
Is it any good?
The upbeat show mixes realism with comedy thanks to Sinbad’s obvious efforts to play up to the cameras that are following the family. While this makes the show feel more staged than traditional reality programs, it also makes it quite funny. The rest of the family appears so genuinely likable that one can’t help but be entertained by their exchanges either.
Despite the serious obstacles the comedian faces both to his professional and personal life, he contextualizes these challenges in a way that is both positive and constructive. He also uses the opportunity to underscore the importance of family. Best of all, you can appreciate these messages while laughing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about reality shows. How can a reality show be staged and still be considered real? How far can this staging go until the reality show turns into fiction?
What do you think about Sinbad’s choice to discuss his financial problems and career woes on TV? Is it appropriate to have these kinds of conversations in front of reality cameras? Why do you think he and his family chose to do this?