Table for 12

TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Latest large-family show is age-appropriate for kids.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMamabear23 February 16, 2010
Love it!!!! What a refreshing change from the nightmare that was Jon and Kate +8!
Adult Written bykeljan April 10, 2009
Teen, 14 years old Written byBieberFreakinFever December 16, 2011


Good show. Similiar to John And Kate Plus 8.... but not as good.
Kid, 10 years old January 30, 2010
This show is okay. I'm a Jon and Kate Plus 8 superfan, so this show makes me mad. The mom is mean to her kids in Brace Yourself, which was copied from The... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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