United We Fall

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Unoriginal but enjoyable sitcom has positive messages.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

Family and parenting are key themes. It also underscores the idea that good, loving parents aren’t perfect, but they're doing their best. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

They are a loving family, but Will and Jo sometimes long for a time when they were child-free. Both Sandy and Chuy are very critical of their parenting skills. Jo is a Latina. 

Violence

There’s some occasional yelling, but nothing violent. Sometimes references to death are made, but they're done with humor. 

Sex

There's occasional references to kissing, but nothing overtly sexual. 

Language

Words like "crap" are sometimes audible. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lighthearted references to drinking beer, alcoholism, and prescription medicines that will go over the heads of young kids. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that United We Fall is a comedy series that features a closeknit extended family getting through day-to-day life. The messages are overall positive about the challenges of parenting and unconditional family love. There are a few strong words (like "crap") and some yelling, but otherwise it's lighthearted and tween-friendly. There are lighthearted references to kissing and appropriate prescription medication use, but nothing really to worry about. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBarbRoland July 23, 2020

Profanity and Vulgarity

The mother calls her child the B word in the first episode, and another episode is entirely about sex and child drinking alcohol. I don’t appreciate this show b... Continue reading
Adult Written byCherylreviews July 23, 2020

Vulgar, Offensive and Inappropriate

If you think it’s funny to scream and call your toddler child a b*^%% or forget your preschooler in the car (something that actually kills many children each ye... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 31, 2020

ABC TV Review

United We Fall is a sitcom about a family who's living in the city of Denver, Colorado. There's a life lesson in almost every episode, and language is... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCvr July 30, 2020

Love it

There is one mention of penis and a few bleeped out curses but I love it. It is the story of family and the highs and lows of having kids. I find it very funny... Continue reading

What's the story?

UNITED WE FALL is a family sitcom about a set of overwhelmed parents who are doing their best. Bill (Will Sasso) and Jo (Christina Vidal) are working parents raising their quirky young daughter Emily (Ella Grace Helton) and toddler Lulu Ryan (played by Ireland and Sedona Carvajal). They try to make the best decisions for their kids, but often question whether their parenting skills are good enough. Adding to the pressure is Bill’s mom Sandy (Jane Curtin), who lives with them and thinks nothing of criticizing their decisions. Jo’s annoying brother Chuy (Guillermo Diaz) doesn’t hold back either. It’s not easy, but Bill and Jo do their best to remind themselves that no family is perfect, and that no matter what, their family shares a lot of love. 

Is it any good?

This predictable series offers the familiar trappings we come to expect from a family comedy. There’s the well-meaning, but imperfect parents, the precocious child who sounds like an adult, and the loving, but nosey, extended family members who join the fray. The plot lines, which includes parent-teacher conferences and having to rush their children to the emergency room, aren’t particularly unique either. But United We Fall is upbeat, and the family’s multiethnic heritage, as well as Will’s sensitive nature, adds a very slight twist to the formula. It’s not the freshest of shows, but it's worth tuning into if you’re looking for something that feels positive and familiar. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the challenges that come with having children and raising a family. What messages does United We Fall offer about what it means to be a "normal" family? How does it define good parenting? 

  • How can a sitcom rely on traditional TV formulas and still be funny and innovative? Does its success rely on good writing? The acting? How much does timing have to do with it? 

  • What are some ways the Ryan family reflects your own family? What are some differences? 

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