A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Though the characters don't always treat each other well (OK, they never do), there's a sense of respect for the family unit.
Positive Role Models
Oliver and Kelli take care to keep trying in their family relationships.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Jokes about sex, as when married couples talk about watching porn together and a doctor gives his brother an erectile-dysfunction pill to improve sex with his wife. References to "boobs," "racks," and lesbians "scissoring." Women are shown in lingerie. A babysitter invites her boyfriend to have sex on the couch while her charges are locked in a playroom; Dreyfuss lecherously watches on a nanny cam.
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Four-letter words ("s--t") and coarse language: references to "boobs," women calling each other "bitch" and "slut." A man flips his middle finger at his brother.
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Products & Purchases
Real celebrities are mentioned: Dr. Phil.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to drinking; a doctor hands out erectile-dysfunction medication to his brothers and then jokes about it.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Your Family or Mine is a sitcom about a young married couple who frequently visits their oddball extended families. Humor is of the obvious, sitcom-y variety -- some jokes are mild, poking fun at the foibles of its characters, but there also are surprisingly rude jokes about sex, body parts, pornography, and infidelity. Language includes plenty of jokes about "boobs" and butts and bodily functions and fluids, plus four-letter words: "damn," "s--t." Gendered coarse language as well, with women called "bitch" and "slut." Though the show is about a complicated but loving extended family, it's undermined by lowbrow, unfunny jokes and an utter lack of chemistry.
Is It Any Good?
With executive producer Greg Malins (Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Will & Grace) on board, it's clear TBS was hoping for a little throwback sitcom magic. Unfortunately, Your Family or Mine is a throwback in the worst sense of the word, serving up the same stale and expected laughs -- the only surprising thing is just how few jokes land. A central plot point on the show's pilot revolves around pearl-clutching Ricky (JoBeth Williams, doing her game best) mis-reading one of Kelli's daughter's drawings as a cry for help from an abused child; when she brings it up to Kelli, Kelli mistakenly thinks Ricky is referring to her recent return to work. "Sure, they cried the first few times I did it," she says, oblivious to the shocked look on her in-laws' face as only a sitcom character can be. "But I get paid good money to do it!" Ugh. Come on. Sitcom plots that hinged on one character misunderstanding another's actions or motivations were quite the thing -- in the 1950s! The premise is unique, and it's nice to see families choosing to spend time with each other (each week Oliver and Kelli visit a set of in-laws), but the execution is disappointing. Darned shame too, since the cast is choice. Old pros such as Williams, Dreyfuss, and Begley deserve better. So do viewers.
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