Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this late-'90s sitcom follows an aspiring actor (played by Jamie Foxx, who would go on to win an Oscar for Ray) who puts his dreams on hold while he helps his family run their business. The show's messages focus on the importance of family and hard work, and it highlights humor that attempts to move away from African-American stereotypes.
Some spoken innuendo (including references to homosexual behavior), most of which will go over younger viewers' head.
"Damn," "ass," etc. Words referring to body parts, such as "booty," are sometimes used, too.
The show features an African-American cast, but it stays away from racial stereotypes. People of diverse backgrounds are visible. While the hotel isn't the most upscale, there's a clear attempt to establish a sense that it's a respected establishment. The Williams family is hardworking and supportive of one another. Fancy is pursuing her education while working. References to African-American organizations are often heard.
References to real African-American organizations, including the United Negro College Fund.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Occasional alcohol consumption and cigar smoking. A few references to drug use and drug testing.