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TV Series Review

It’s not just pandas and humphead wrasses that are endangered these days. Certain livelihoods are, too. Newspaper journalists are as scarce as Javan rhinos. Mail carriers are vanishing as quickly as handwritten thank-you notes. And don’t even get me started on the dwindling number of Christian entertainment reviewers.

Another job that’s growing evermore scarce? That of the mythical stay-at-home mom.

Megan Anderson used to be one of them. While her husband, Greg, schlepped off to his ho-hum job that still requires ironed shirts (another rarity), she cared for their two kids, juggled chores and whipped up brownies for bake sales with skill and grace largely forgotten and rarely witnessed today.

Until, that is, she scored a job of her own—her dream job, in fact, with dreamy pay.

Up steps Greg. Now it’s his turn to watch the kids, he announces. He’ll just quit his job. He’ll learn how to cook (better), coach Hannah’s soccer team and clean up whatever messes Zack makes. He’s a capable adult. Really. He can do it, he promises.

Megan’s not so sure.

“I know you like everything to be perfect,” Greg tells her, “but things have a way of falling into place.”

“They do,” Megan says. “Because I put them there.”

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If the concept for Mr. Mom—the first original show to air on Walmart’s new streaming outlet Vudu—feels a little dated, that’s with good reason. The original Mr. Mom movie starred a very young, pre-Batman Michael Keaton. And the show itself acknowledges its retrograde premise. “It is not 1983 anymore,” Megan’s sister Hannah tells Megan. “There’s like five dads in my building that stay home with their kids.”

The concept of a stay-at-home dad isn’t as unusual now as it is to have a stay-at-home anyone. And that makes Mr. Mom—what with its commitment to prioritize kids over career—paradoxically refreshing. Too bad the show itself stinks up the screen.

I don’t mean that as much in terms of the show’s quality (which is just OK). I mean it literally—or, I would mean it literally if modern screens came with smell-o-vision. The show has a greater ratio of bathroom gags to runtime than any other program I’ve seen recently. (And given that Mr. Mom’s episodes are a tidy 11 minutes long on average, that’s pretty impressive.) That malodourous content undermines the show’s family-friendly premise.

Add to that alcohol use, some “OMG” exclamations and allusions to homosexuality (courtesy Greg’s gay friend and co-soccer coach, Lawrence), and Mr. Mom looks more like a bunt single than a home run.

But let’s not end on a down note. Shows that feature committed parents who believe that kids do better with a stay-at-home someone are as rare as—well, Christian entertainment reviewers. And we should marvel at this endangered bit of entertainment before it scampers away for good.

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Sept. 12, 2019: "Pilot"/”What About the Kids?”



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Hayes MacArthur as Greg Anderson; Andrea Anders as Megan Anderson; Catherine Last as Hannah Anderson; Cary Christopher as Zack Anderson; Elizabeth Last as Hannah Anderson; Michelle Ortiz as Riley






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Paul Asay

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