TV Review: “Dads”- Disown Immediately

Written by Emily Stewart October 07, 2013

Dads Cast

A sitcom about embarrassing dads is something you think would be relatable and funny. Unfortunately, “Dads” is just humiliating. I have been very reluctant to watch “Dads” following controversy about its offensive material. It’s a sitcom that runs for half an hour each episode, but feels much longer. This show has uncalled for and outdated humour with unlikeable characters to match. For a new sitcom, “Dads” doesn’t offer anything new to the table. After one episode of “Dads”, you will realize your father never embarrassed you that much.

“C’mon, new ideas. There are no bad ideas at this point”

“Dads” is about Ghost Child Games employees Eli Sachs (Seth Green), Warner Whittemore (Giovanni Ribsi) and their dads. Warner lives with his wife Camilla (Vanessa Lachey), children and his dad Crawford (Martin Mull)-who also works for the company. Eli’s father David (Peter Reigeret) moves back in with him since he didn’t have anywhere else to live. Other than Eli and Warner getting in trouble with fellow co-worker Veronica (Brenda Song), that’s all there is to the plot-nothing really develops over time.

Brenda Song, Seth Green and Giovanni Ribsi

Somehow, the team behind “Dads” thinks racist, homophobic and sexist jokes make up for the lack of plot. The first, and most offensive episode, is a prime example. Racist jokes about Asian stereotypes are shared in the workplace and it is uncomfortable to watch. Unfortunately, there are more stereotypes and offensive remarks made in every episode. The second episode centered on Eli and Warner feeding their dads pot brownies to calm them down. However, that is not the first time marijuana laced baked goods were introduced; “That 70s’ Show” and “Big Bang Theory” already included the plot line so that wasn’t even appalling.

Please stop laughing, just stop.

“Dads” is not the first show of its kind to push the envelope; there are shows classified as “comedies” (though I’d beg to differ) based on stereotypes. Executive producer Seth MacFarlane, along with writing duo Alec Sulkin and Wellesey Wild are best known for “Family Guy”, so it isn’t shocking they’re behind it. What is shocking is this show tries to present the idea that offensive material always equals hilarity. There are plenty of comedies with smart humour that are actually funny and daring without being offensive. We are trying to combat discrimination, and shows like “Dads” aren’t helping the issue at all.

Brenda Song, Seth Green and Giovanni Ribsi

Picture this- your dad does something completely embarrassing in front of your friends. They all hysterically laugh, but you just stare blankly in confusion, wondering why they find it so hilarious. This is exactly what “Dads” feels like when they use the overused laugh track. It’s like the unnecessary sitcom trope is in the show just to call it a comedy. The only time this show was genuinely charming was when Warner pictured his dad like a Golden Retriever after comparing him to one- but not even a loveable dog breed could save “Dads”. The opening credit montage of fathers with their kids didn’t help the show either.

Martin Mull and Peter Reigeret

Don’t waste your time with these “Dads”, unless for some strange reason your idea of fun is watching this painful sitcom. There are many better things to do on a Tuesday night-or any other night for that matter. Seriously, grab coffee with a friend, do your class readings or go for a walk. Better yet, watch a film and take advantage of the cheaper box office price on Tuesday.

 My rating: -1/10

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About Emily Stewart

Emily is a Media, Information and Technoculture student at Western University who likes to put her critical thinking skills and passion for writing to good use, including reviewing TV shows for We Eat Films.

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