Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Guys With Kids’ Misses the Mark

Not many TV shows are aimed at fathers. In the past, there was ‘Married With Children’ and ‘The Cosby Show’ – each polar opposite with their own audience. Then we had Home Improvement, a show that captured American men’s attention for close to a decade. Since the show’s final episode in the summer of 1999, many shows have tried to fill the void in programming for dads. The problem is most failed miserably simply because they were overflowing with stereotypes and misunderstand the modern dad.

NBC and Jimmy Fallon are hoping to do what others have failed to do – entertain and connect. Here’s a clip of the show:



Looks funny, right? That’s because it is. But after watching the season premiere last night I was left with a bad taste in my mouth, and it’s not because I accidentally grabbed the dog’s toothpaste again.

Listen, I understand that characters need to be introduced and story lines take time to build interest. I get it. Even so, you can’t argue that a show aimed at fathers seems to be forcing the idea. The kids were used more as props than pieces of the puzzle. ‘Guys With Kids’ spent more time trying to be ‘The Office’ than it did ‘My Wife and Kids.’

If this show (sit-com or not) is to truly connect with dads who are active in the lives of his children, it had better make sure to have the kids play a far less passive role in the show. It needs to make us care enough to want to watch it and talk about it with other dads at the water cooler or break room. ‘Guys With Kids’ has a lot of potential – here’s hoping it learns from it’s and others mistakes about the undeniable importance a dad has in child rearing.

What did you think about ‘Guys With Kids?’ Will you watch again? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. therookiedad September 27, 2012
    • Jason Moles September 27, 2012