A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It’s an irreverent comedy, but things like family, economic status, and race are themes.
Positive Role Models
Debbie is a resilient, perseverant, problem solving engineer who financially supports the family while Freddie is a stay at home dad. Both initially lie to the kids about their situation. Debbie and Ollie are extremely upbeat and positive, and Todd tends to be negative. Not all the neighbors are welcoming.
The North side of town is referred to as “poor” and characterized as being largely non-White. Black and Vietnamese characters are frequently featured.
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Violence & Scariness
Dead bodies are found, and the opossums are vicious. The Harpers like to wrestle; scenes of violent wresting matches are occasionally shown. There is a visual reference to the convicted murderer John Wayne Gacy.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual content, ranging from comically blowing kisses and butt slapping to references to porn and images of women in skimpy outfits. Crude references like "break balls" and "dick" are used.
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Words like "crap," "ass," "bitch," as well as curses like "s--t". The word "f--k" is occasionally heard.
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Products & Purchases
Images of bottles like Crown Royal and other brands are sometimes shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (hard liquor, wine, cocktails, beer) is visible. Alcoholism is discussed. References to getting high.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Harper House is an animated comedy series geared towards mature viewers. Some sexual content, ranging from comically blowing kisses and butt slapping to references to porn and images of women in skimpy outfits. Crude references like "break balls" and "dick" are used. There's also fantasy violence, drinking, and lots of cursing. References to racial and socioeconomic disparities are also made. It also features a strong and positive matriarch, and a loving family.
Is It Any Good?
This humorous series offers a contemporary"‘reversal of fortune" narrative with lots of irreverent humor. Debbie Harper wants the best for her husband and kids, but the choices she makes aren't always the best. Nonetheless, her presence is a positive one, thanks to her education, resilience, and willingness to problem solve, especially when it comes to using her engineering skills to do it. This, combined with the dynamics between her tight-knit family, and some crazy situations, make Harper House an entertaining watch.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.