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Still Standing

Run-of-the-mill family sitcom lacks originality.
Parents recommend

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show sends the message that regardless of how much parents might bicker -- and children get on their nerves -- their love for their kids and each other never falters. That said, sometimes the parents mock their kids (particularly the one who gets good grades), and some characters make stereotypical jokes/comments about the show's homosexual supporting characters.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Relatively mild sexual innuendo between the show's married parents, who have an active sex life. Some jokes based on stereotypical sexual fantasies.

Language

Mild: "jackass," "crap," "damn," etc.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:September 30, 2002
Cast:Jami Gertz, Mark Addy, Taylor Ball
Networks:Lifetime Television, Syndicated
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG

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Kid, 11 years old February 22, 2011

Awesome show

I loove this show it's my favorite show in the whole world! There is much language i notice and it's hilarious! I love how the mom talks in it so much for some reason. :)
Teen, 13 years old Written byschuymarch1 April 9, 2008

One of the best shows onTV...

Still Standing is a very good show.
Adult Written byjim1109 April 9, 2008

great show

a different take on family comedy