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 the mom and dad in this sitcom keep the laughs coming by butting heads and reining in their three unruly kids. While they portray a seemingly typical couple -- and the family's underlying relationships are strong -- they get away with a lot more sarcasm and fun-poking than the average husband and wife. Some stereotypical jokes about the lesbian couple that lives next door.
What's the story?
In STILL STANDING, a blue-collar Chicago couple navigates raising their three kids while still making time for each other. Judy (Jami Gertz) and Bill Miller (Mark Addy, an Englishman whose American accent has its ups and downs...) are high-school sweethearts who want to be "cool" parents to their three kids. Outspoken teen Lauren (Renee Olstead) wants nothing to do with her parents, while big brother Brian (Taylor Ball) is discovering girls. The youngest, Tina (Soleil Borda), is oblivious to the hubbub surrounding her -- to which Judy's sister Linda (Jennifer Irwin) contributes by clashing with Bill.
Is it any good?
Like many sitcoms of its ilk, such as According to Jim and Everybody Loves Raymond, Still Standing engages audiences by creating silly scenarios with a happy ending. Nothing really sets it apart from the crowd, but Still Standing is a lighthearted sitcom that older tweens and young teens will likely find entertaining -- though, in the era of reality TV, older teenage viewers will most likely be bored.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about disagreements. Why is it important to treat family members and others with respect when ironing out differences? How can parents help kids understand that just because they argue doesn't mean they don't love each other? Can people be angry with each other and love each other at the same time?