Sinbad: It's Just Family

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Upbeat reality show features positive messages about family.

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Positive Messages

There’s a lot of joking, but the overall message is about taking a positive approach to life challenges, and the importance of family. Themes also include financial challenges.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite financial and professional problems, Sinbad is positive and family oriented. The family is very close and supportive of each other.


Occasional mild disagreements and playful wrestling, but nothing major.


Some discussion about adult intimacy, but more funny than sexual. Contains some humorous discussions about having a "big booty" and how to deal with sexually aggressive women.


Words like "dang it" are audible.


Apple, Ford, and Nike logos visible (although not obvious). Meredith owns an old Porsche.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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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Adult Written bymhunter06 April 21, 2011
I love this show. Glad to see positive Reality TV for once...GREAT SHOW!!!
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byElwooddjlp April 20, 2011

Real familiesdo live in hollywood!!!

Congradulations to Sinbad for bringing an open and honest view of his family. I generally do not like reality shows that seem to show flashy wealthy celebritie... Continue reading

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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? 

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