A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Family and parenthood are major themes, and the show tackles them with tongue-in-cheek humor. Problems are typically resolved through teamwork and cooperation.
Positive Role Models
Jim is a loving and generally capable dad, although he's often shown screwing up or making questionable choices. That said, his wife isn't perfect either, yet they keep their kids alive with love and a sense of humor.
Violence & Scariness
Physical comedy includes fighting, minor scuffles.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual innuendo; body-part humor (for example, an ongoing joke about a child's drawing of a penis).
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Audible swear words include "hell," "bitch," "whore," and "ass."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Jim Gaffigan Show is loosely based on the real-life family of its star, comedian Jim Gaffigan, focusing on the highs and lows of marriage, fatherhood, and raising five kids in a small New York City apartment. You'll hear words such as "ass," "whore," and "bitch," along with light sexual innuendo and body-part humor (featuring words such as "penis" and "vagina"). You'll also see some physical comedy (pushing, fighting) and social drinking.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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.
Suggest an Update
Our Editors Recommend
Best Sitcoms for Your Next Family Binge-Watch
TV Shows for the Modern Family
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate