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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this comedy shows men and women sharing many sarcastic comments and jokes with their peers about their spouses. The men are frequently plotting ways to have more sex with their wives. And the wives sip chardonnay and roll their eyes about their husbands. All the main characters are white.
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What's the story?
YES, DEAR is about the families of two sisters. Kim and Greg Warner are the quintessential young, fit, good-looking yuppies. She's a stay-at-home, everything-has-to-be perfect mom and he's the successful breadwinner. Her sister Christina and husband Jimmy are stereotypically working class and raise their own kids with a more casual parenting style. Yes, Dear showcases the families differences in parenting styles.
Is it any good?
Compared to the stellar acting on Everybody Loves Raymond or the provocative topics covered on Roseanne, Yes, Dear is thin and says nothing new about the conflicts between the haves and the have-nots. Also, there is very little diversity in the casting -- white yuppies vs. white working class. And as for learning about relationships, the storylines are weak and lack any deep insight into parenting or relationships.
Compared to many shows on primetime today, this is a relatively harmless sitcom for families with teens to sit and watch together. There are discussions about sex, relationships, and drinking that parents may find inappropriate for young adolescents. Chances are, the unoriginal humor poked at marriage and raising kids will be boring to adolescent viewers, and soon after watching, it will more than likely bore adults too.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the different parenting styles on display here and how they affect the kids. Are these differing parenting styles related to economic stressors? Also, is there a middle ground between loose and structured parenting that may be more realistic? They could also discuss the use of stereotypes in situation comedies like this one -- why do writers rely on them to create humorous scenes?