The Kids Are Alright

TV review by Mark Dolan, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Warm, funny sitcom looks at a big family in the 1970s.

ABC Comedy 2018

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 18+

Obscene Masturbation Jokes

So much for being a clean family show. The episode Timmy's New Hobby dealt with out of control, rampant masturbation (the hobby in the title). This activity by a young boy resulted in endless jokes about a subject most families find vulgar in the extreme. The parents found the Sears catalog in Timmy's room with several pages in the women's dept. stuck together along with mysterious stains on his sheets. The boy's older brother told him he was proud of him for his new hobby and not to be afraid to let stuff fly when he felt the urge and handed him a box of Kleenex to clean up after himself. It all climaxed when Timmy told his brother Lawrence how he did it with his 10 year old brother watching in the children's section of the public library! Gross, obscene, vulgar and immoral behavior does not a clean-cut family series make. Incidentally it was cancelled shortly after this episode ran. Coincidence or moral outrage by parents?

This title has:

Too much sex
age 10+

Fun family comedy with retro appeal

Set in the 1970's a large Catholic family full of boys who all have unique personalities get into hijinks that remind me of the Brady Bunch. As a child of the 70's I get a kick out of the cultural references and nostalgia. My kids think the show is hilarious and love the way the brothers torture each other/love each other. It's also fun to see the way parenting of the 70's is portrayed - it's the opposite of helicopter parenting of today. Overall, a family-friendly show that's fun week after week.

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