Parents' Guide to

The Moodys

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Holiday family comedy is warm and winning, but nothing new.

TV Fox Comedy 2019
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The "dysfunctional family holiday" setup is so old it's practically got cobwebs, but this particular iteration is charming enough to inject a little juice into the scenario. The cast is charming, particularly a game veneer-of-calm-over-panic Perkins, certainly an old pro at finding the sweetness and sentiment in sitcom hijinks, and Baruchel as the continually disappointing eldest son, still living at home and working at his high school job as a Zamboni driver. Leary, thankfully, has a more down-to-earth role than his usual tough-talking city-guy schtick, and the rest of the ensemble cast blends well; group scenes at the dinner table or around the Christmas tree have a lived-in, authentic feel.

An episodic Christmas special is an inspired idea: Most people have watched all the holiday episodes of The Office and Seinfeld a few too many times and are ready for new holiday-compliant entertainment to watch with the whole fam on vacation. Lucky for them, The Moodys is rotten with Christmas signifiers: your snowflake sweaters, side dish-laden dinner tables, and boring uncles droning on. But unlike real life, this heightened version is actually pretty funny and enjoyable, with enough warm family emotion and gags to carry the day. You could do worse for group-vacation entertainment.

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