A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The complicated relationships between parents, in-laws, and adult children are highlighted. It also reinforces stereotypes about difficult in-laws, stepparents, and other extended family members.
Positive Role Models
The in-laws range from being eccentric to pushy, bossy, and difficult. Sons- and daughters-in-law aren't always easy to deal with, either.
Violence & Scariness
Interactions between parents, stepparents, adult children, and others range from catty exchanges to occasional threats of violence. Small children sometimes act wild or bratty.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasionally men are shown walking around in their boxer shorts and/or shirtless.
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Occasionally "damn," sometimes by children.
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Products & Purchases
Apple computers, YouTube, and other logos occasionally visible, but not prominently featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine occasionally visible. Smoking is sometimes discussed; on one occasion a child is shown puffing on an unlit cigarette.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Surviving the In-Laws sometimes seems like a reality show, but it's actually a semi-scripted series based on true stories. Some of the humor seems to reinforce stereotypes about in-laws. It features lots of catty exchanges and arguments (some leading to threats of violence), a few iffy words ("damn"), and some drinking. Small children are sometimes shown acting out or behaving inappropriately (like stealing and pretending to smoke cigarettes).
Is It Any Good?
Thanks to the comedic performances of the couples, Surviving the In-Laws offers some laugh-out-loud moments as adult children attempt to talk, negotiate, bribe, and even fire their meddlesome and/or difficult in-laws in order to get them out of their hair. Meanwhile, the interactions between the cast members feel so genuine that you may find yourself wondering if this is a reality show rather than a semi-scripted series.
The show sometimes feels like it relies on some of the negative stereotypes about in-laws to get some laughs. But the fact that the events featured here are based on true stories gives it some substance. Some folks might be able to relate to what they see here, while others will simply find it funny.
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