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Common Sense Media: Best Sitcoms for Teens and Tweens

'Modern Family'

Age: 13+ Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.

Synopsis: Fresh take on sitcom families includes some iffy content.

Rating: * * * *

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that this sitcom revolves around three different families -- including a homosexual couple and their adopted daughter and a post-mid-lifer and his much younger second wife and stepson. Expect some suggestive jokes, particularly in relation to/at the expense of the homosexual characters, and additional sexual innuendo. Although the characters generally seem to mean well when you get down to it, there's some stereotyping and plenty of dysfunction. Patriarch Jay wrestles with his son Mitchell's sexuality and often jokes about Mitchell's partner and their lifestyle. Language includes words like "damn" and "bitch," adult characters drink socially, and there's frank discussion of topics like teen pregnancy. The show's main goal is to elicit laughs, but there are some touching moments that celebrate family ties, too. - Common Sense Media

(Photo: ABC)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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