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Table for 12



Latest large-family show is age-appropriate for kids.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show isn't intended to be educational, but kids may pick up some tips on how to wrangle large groups.

Positive messages

This is a loving family, albeit not a perfect one, and the show clearly conveys their strong relationships.

Positive role models

Overall, the parents act like parents, using appropriate discipline to encourage good behavior from their kids. In one episode, dad Eric gets pulled over for speeding (but he doesn't get a ticket, probably because he's a cop himself).

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's little content in this reality series that's inappropriate for kids. The featured family is prone to needling and teasing each other, but it's clear that they love each other, too. Some of the younger children whine, but, then again, they're 4.

What's the story?

Like Jon & Kate Plus 8 and 17 Kids and Counting before it, TABLE FOR 12 follows the daily life of a large family. In this case, it's the Hayes family of New Jersey: parents Eric and Betty, two pairs of twins (ages 12 and 10), and a set of 4-year-old sextuplets -- 10 kids in all. The show documents their ups and downs as a loving family doing their best, highlighting the particular brand of chaos that comes with juggling the demands of multiple sets of multiples.

Is it any good?


The only thing that makes the Hayes family unusual is that they've got 10 kids. Other than that, they're actually pretty ordinary. They're loving, Eric is actively involved with the kids, and there's appropriate discipline. The biggest downside is the constant whining in the background, but where there's a 4-year-old, there's whining -- and the Hayeses have six of them.

Admittedly, going out for pizza or to the grocery store is a bit more of a challenge, but it's not that interesting, either -- and that's the show's biggest problem. The Hayeses are nice and probably interesting enough in real life, but they're not must-see TV material.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how real life is different from being on a TV show.

  • Do you think the Hayes' life is the same when the cameras aren't there? What makes their life "worthy" of a TV show? Do you think that everything they do gets included in the show?

  • How would you edit your own life for TV?

TV details

Cast:Betty Hayes, Eric Hayes
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Book characters
TV rating:TV-G

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  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old January 2, 2010

Best Reality Show Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is a very good show!!!There kids are so cute!!!They are just one big happy family!!!!
What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old April 5, 2009

Great show!

I really like this show.The kids are cute, the parents are nice, and the content is great!I used to watch jon and kate plus 8, but i like this better.
Teen, 14 years old Written byBieberFreakinFever December 16, 2011


Good show. Similiar to John And Kate Plus 8.... but not as good.
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Educational value
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