A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show handles the day-to-day experiences of family life with humor. Characters learn and demonstrate strong communication.
Positive Role Models
The kids can be mischievous, but overall they're good role models who think for themselves. Bernie Mac handles family life with humor. The family is a positive representation of African American family life.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex-related issues arise as the kids mature. Episodes have involved teen Vanessa dressing provocatively (in Bernie's eyes) and wanting to date. Once 8-year-old Bryana accidentally saw Bernie naked.
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Occasional mild profanity.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in The Bernie Mac Show Mac plays a gruff but loving father figure who, despite some claims to the contrary, is happy to share his home and his life with his sister's children. This series is funny and creative, and parents who enjoy Mac's brand of humor are likely to enjoy it as much as their children do. Episodes deal with more mature themes as the children age, but there's not a lot to worry about here.
Is It Any Good?
Viewers and critics alike responded well to this series: It won the Peabody Award, an Emmy for outstanding writing, and an NAACP Image Award, among numerous other honors. If you don't like Bernie Mac's comic style, you probably won't like this show. But many parents, teens, and older tweens will appreciate that this family of smart individuals teaches Mac as much as he tries to teach them.
The Bernie Mac Show is similar to Everybody Loves Raymond in that the dad's foibles and complaints are a main focus of the show, but it breaks away from the pack because the children emerge as full-fledged characters.
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