Single Parents

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Lively, sometimes cheesy sitcom has some sexy stuff.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Single parents need to take care of themselves as well as their kids. They also need to support each other. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The parents are from different walks of life, but all love their children. One cast member is often sexist. 

Violence

Occasional yelling and mild threats that are more humorous than violent. Death is referenced. 

Sex

Strong sexual innuendo, including references to having sex, exotic dancing, menopause, occasional making out, etc. References to genitals, like "nuts."

Language

Words like "hell," "damn," "bastard."

Consumerism

Dell computers, iPhone devices occasionally visible. References to characters like Moana, dating sites like Tinder. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine drinking, cocktails sometimes visible. One parent works at a wine bar. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Single Parents is a show about a group of single parents who become fast friends and support each other through life's obstacles. It features some strong sexual innuendo, including conversations about divorce and having sex, as well as some crude references to genitals. There are also discussions about infidelity, divorce, and uninvolved and dead spouses. Words like "bastard" are used, sometimes by children, and on occasion adults are seen drinking. Logos for Dell and iPhone, and references to Disney characters like Moana and dating sites like Tinder are used. Teenagers should be able to handle it, but it's really a series aimed at a more adult audience. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMeredith95 November 14, 2018

Who are the parents again?

So I liked this show based on episode one. It had some good humor and all the parents are doing the best that they can for their kids. It was sweet, but super c... Continue reading
Adult Written byCST88 April 15, 2020

Insightful to single parents' struggles, but fair share of inappropriate innuendos

Disclamer: I am being objective in my review. Some of my comments may seem biased, but I am just going by observations of the show. You interpret as you see fit... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMayyay August 9, 2019

Great

It’s a very good tv show that you can watch as a family tv show and it’s a great bench watching show
Kid, 11 years old August 5, 2019

Comedy show will give parents a good laugh

Single Parents is an ABC comedy show about five, well, single parents and their struggles raising their first graders. There is some sexual content, including s... Continue reading

What's the story?

SINGLE PARENTS is a comedy series about a group of single parents who support each other through thick and thin. When Angie D'Amato (Leighton Meester), Poppy Banks (Kimrie Lewis), Miggy Park (Jake Choi), and Douglas Fogerty (Brad Garrett) meet classroom parent Will Cooper (Taran Killam) at their kids' school, they realize that he is falling down the "parental vortex," a place where he is so consumed by being a dad to daughter Sophie (Marlow Barkley) that he doesn't know who he is anymore. They commit themselves to helping Will pull himself together, rediscover who he is, and still be a good parent. 

Is it any good?

This lively series offers some sharp wit as its group of parents offer their very candid thoughts about being single, raising their kids, and somehow remaining sane. From dating and having sex to accepting the fact that their former spouse or partner isn't coming back, it uses quick banter filled with one-liners to drive the points home. 

Single Parents features a fun ensemble cast, and you can't help but laugh at some of the jokes. But the cheesy, over-the-top moments make it feel more silly than thoughtful at times. Nonetheless, if you're a parent, especially a single one, it's likely that you'll find some laughs here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being a single parent. What are the challenges that come with raising children alone? 

  • Does Single Parents offer a realistic view of what single parenthood is really like? What messages does it send about what single parents (and their children) are like?

TV details

For kids who love family comedy

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