The Millers

Crass but sweet sitcom better suited to adults.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Family ties are championed but often expressed through mockery. Hints of sweetness do occur, though.

Positive role models

Main characters are variously on the make, crass, cranky, and mean to each other. Still, they aren't horrible to each other.

Not applicable

Plenty of jokes about having and not having sex, such as when one character jokes that walking in on another character masturbating in the shower counts as sex. A characters confuses "quinoa" with a reference to oral sex. Also body jokes, including fart jokes.


Some bleeped cursing, such as when a young child calls a grownup an "ass-bleep!" Coarse language such as discussion of farts and masturbation. Also, racial language: an allusion to getting "Mideast tail" in Iraq, a joke about old white women loving ice cream.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink on-screen, no one acts drunk. One character uses sleeping pills and seems intoxicated to humorous effect.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Millers is a multicamera sitcom designed for adults, with plenty of crass humor and sexual references that might make for uncomfortable family viewing. Expect references to consequence-free casual sex, online dating, and jokes about sex (and older couples not having sex). Characters may also drink on-screen, and at least one character uses a prescription sleeping aid and acts tipsy on it. There are fart jokes and other body-related humor. Characters curse, though four-letter words are bleeped. Despite all this, The Millers is rather sweet and features wonderful actors, though parents likely will want to see it first to make sure the level of crassness is acceptable before sharing it with the family.

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What's the story?

Roving TV news reporter Nathan (Will Arnett) divorced his wife months ago but "forgot" to inform his mother, Carol (Margo Martindale), and dad, Tom (Beau Bridges), because he knew they'd yell at him. When they show up at his house unexpectedly and learn of the divorce, Tom is inspired to end his own 43-year marriage, defecting to Jack's sister's house to live and abandoning Carol at Jack's place. Now Jack is looking to celebrate his single status with the help of his cameraman pal (J.B. Smoove), with his mom sitting right there in the middle of everything. Meanwhile, Carol misses her ex and needs extra attention. Tom doesn't know how to do anything for himself and annoys daughter Debbie (Jayma Mays) and her husband (Nelson Franklin).

Is it any good?


THE MILLERS might not be the most sophisticated show, and the humor is a little crass. However, the terminally immature may still find themselves laughing at jokes, such as when Nathan complains that his ex made him eat "quinoa" and another character mishears it as a reference to oral sex. Hey, we haven't heard that joke before! Point in The Millers' favor! (But do you want to hear that joke sitting next to your teenager?)

In addition, Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges are old pros, and they're terrific. They have great chemistry with Will Arnett as their son and crackle whenever they're on-screen. The goings-on are a bit silly and sitcom-y, but these seasoned pros sell it.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether the Millers are a realistic family. Do you buy that these people are related or that they're real people? Why or why not?

  • Are the Millers supposed to be rich or poor? Examine the houses they live in, the clothes they wear, and the things around them. Did that change your answer?

  • Do you know any parents who moved in with their adult kids? Is this a realistic setup? Why or why not?

TV details

Cast:Beau Bridges, Margo Martindale, Will Arnett
Topics:Brothers and sisters
TV rating:NR

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Parent Written bymeyger October 4, 2013
age 18+

The old test pattern days would be better viewing.

Great actors but stupid 12 year old level bathroom jokes and the worst laugh track ever heard. If the pilot was the best, future shows will only go downhill. It's a loser and should be gone by.....5 episodes. Of course with Americans taste, this will probably be a big hit
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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