Parents' Guide to

The Winner

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Late-bloomer sitcom is edgier than it looks.

TV Fox Comedy 2007
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While The Winner's set looks like a traditional sitcom, its plots and dialogue are quite a bit more risqué than, say, The Cosby Show (or even According to Jim). And despite its forceful laugh track and by now old-fashioned, stationary-camera three-wall set, the show feels fresh. Corddry's comic persona -- an eager, awkward, rather conservative dork -- carries the bulk of the show, while Gilchrist's Josh is a refreshingly different take on the typical sitcom kid. Even the show's stereotypical sitcom elements (like scenes on a living room couch facing the camera) feel like they're part of a postmodern tweak. It's as if, in order to look back to 1994, we have to do so through the popular TV format of the day.

With its frequent references to sexuality and occasional foul language, parents may want younger kids to avoid The Winner. But mature teens and parents may very well enjoy the show's unique humor, despite (or because of) its edgier elements.

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