The Jeff Foxworthy Show

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Blue-collar comedy star's sitcom falls flat.

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

Positive Messages

Family and the struggles of the blue-collar worker are major themes here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The parents show a deep desire to improve communication and respect for each other, and they always put their children's needs first. Some characters reflect stereotypes about the South.

Violence

There's the occasional rough-and-tumble fistfight, but it's strictly for laughs, and no one appears worse for the wear.

Sex

Some implication of sexual encounters to come, but nothing more than kissing is shown. Husband and wife sometimes discuss past sexual partners in teasing tones.

Language

Characters say "damn," "suck," "hell," "butt," and the like, but pretty infrequently.

Consumerism

Brandless soda, beer, and junk food sometimes show up.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink beer once in a while, but never in the presence of kids.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sitcom finds its humor in the family life of a blue-collar American couple facing everyday marriage and job-related issues. The husband's troubles with his boss, the couple's communication failures, and the financial and emotional fall-out for a woman being a stay-at-home mom are typical household conversation. On a positive note, once they're done arguing (which is always played for laughs), both partners try to understand each other's needs and vow to improve their communication.

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What's the story?

THE JEFF FOXWORTHY SHOW is a short-lived sitcom from the mid-'90s starring Southern-born funny man Jeff Foxworthy. The blue-collar life of Foxworthy's on-screen character, Jeff Foxworthy, is loosely modeled after his own. Jeff and his wife, Karen (played first by Anita Barone and then by Ann Cusack), tackle family, relationship, and parenting issues much like most other couples. Their son, Matt, is played by a young Haley Joel Osment, and at the end of the first season, Karen gives birth to a baby girl.

Is it any good?

Despite Foxworthy's notable talent and guest appearances by comedians like Bill Engvall (Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie) and Jay Mohr (Jerry Maguire), the show's humor is tired, and its storylines are well worn. Foxworthy seems uncomfortable in such a clichéd role, although the show occasionally picks up a bit when he works in a few lines inspired by his famous stand-up routines.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the issues within the Foxworthy home. How can a parent's job add to family stress? What can family members do to help parents work through this tension? Families also can discuss the parents' methods of dealing with their marital issues. Do the characters seem realistic in how they work out problems? How do they make sure that their kids know they still love each other?

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