Parents' Guide to

The War at Home

By Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Funny or crude, depending on you. Not for kids.

TV Fox Comedy 2005
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Compared to many of the current family comedy favorites (such as My Wife and Kids and Everybody Loves Raymond), where male comedians live amongst their smart-aleck wives, have a few kids, and usually have an in-law living in or near the house, The War at Home is more original. There is no need to rely on neighbors or funny little mishaps to keep the laughs coming -- this show is smarter than that. Having both David and Vicky as career professionals and in-the-know parents helps build the believability and appeals to teens.

As humorous, entertaining, or possibly crude as some adults might find The War at Home, there is caution for those with teens who are interested in watching. David and Vicky are candid in their conversations about how they feel about their kids. In one episode, they suspect their oldest son to be a cross-dresser -- an ongoing theme throughout the show. Their daughter also begins dating an African-American boy -- something that David takes a while to get used to. Ultimately, the parents' issues with their children are resolved. They don't aim to stop their kids from doing things they may not initially approve of. And that is what makes the show a modern family comedy. Some parents may appreciate the frank but humorous treatment of issues involving interracial/bisexual/homosexual dating, and others will not. If you have concerns, we recommend checking out a few episodes to see if the show is right for your family before sharing the program with your kids.

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