Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this sitcom has adult dialogue that references sexual topics like "doing it" and "making out," and couples are affectionate (kissing, embracing in bed) with each other on screen. Salty language ("ass," mostly) is occasional, although most of the rough stuff -- like "f--k" and "s--t" -- is bleeped. The show is best appreciated by adults who will identify with the characters' struggles with new parenthood, but its themes about open communication, respect, and healthy relationships are worthy of teens' time, too. Watch out for examples of drinking as a coping mechanism, and use the instances to talk with your teen about the real-life consequences of alcohol use.
Married couples are seen cuddling in bed, and men walk around shirtless. Sexy talk includes references to "doing it," "making out," and dressing "slutty" to appeal to a partner. Couples kiss, and brief same-sex kissing is played for humor.
Most of the salty stuff is bleeped, including "f--k," "damn," and "s--t." "Ass" is audible, along with marginal language like "screw" and "pissed."
The series paints a fairly realistic picture of the struggles of modern parents balancing the demands of work and family. The stay-at-home dad and working mom challenge stereotypical gender roles, although the issues that they face (division of labor in the home, self-doubt, and feeling lost in their new parental roles) transcend the change. Recurring themes include conflict resolution, communication, and the evolution of relationships.
Clips from and references to other NBC shows like Today and Ellen are sometimes incorporated into the storyline.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Adults often drink beer, wine, and mixed concoctions to unwind, and in some cases, overindulgence affects their behavior and causes hangovers the next day. A main character's habitual drinking is played for humor and has little consequence.