Parents' Guide to

Welcome to the Family

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Funny sitcom glosses over reality of teen pregnancy.

TV NBC Comedy 2013
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WELCOME TO THE FAMILY's experienced cast makes good use of comical set-ups and the characters' well-aimed jabs at one another, guaranteeing you'll laugh throughout. The show does dabble in the issue of race, but it's not done in a way that creates a divide so much as muddles what already exists between the two families, showing both to be equally small-minded and judgmental but mostly well-meaning. Ultimately, though, these imperfections make the characters more appealing instead of less.

The show's biggest stumbling block is the glossy picture it paints of teen pregnancy. Given the decidedly jovial tone, it's not surprising that there's little depth to this aspect of the story, but it is worth contemplating the messages it sends to teens about the real-life consequences of sex. If your kids do tune in, you could start good conversations about this and other issues that might be on your teens' minds.

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