Parents' Guide to

The Jim Gaffigan Show

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Offbeat comedy courts parents with language, light innuendo.

TV TV Land Comedy 2015
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+
It's Jim Gaffigan, so obviously not too adult.

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Jim Gaffigan has built his career on observational comedy that's relatively free of strong language, paving the way for talk-show appearances, social media shares, and, now, situational comedy. But if you're not a huge fan of his shtick or don't find him and his family super relatable, this subtle sitcom about marriage and urban parenting might not pack enough laughs to keep you coming back.

One of the more interesting aspects of The Jim Gaffigan Show is not that it's based on Gaffigan's actual life as a working comedian and father of five but rather that it's written and produced by his actual wife, Jeannie (portrayed on the show by actress Ashley Williams), who works as his real-life comedy partner. The fact that the fictional Jeannie works as a full-time, stay-at-home mom rather than Jim's business partner is an interesting edit that shifts the focus squarely on Jim. But, though the show might be merely "inspired" by real life, one could argue that Gaffigan's real life would be a lot more inspiring.

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