A role reversal in “Guys With Kids”

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Gary (Anthony Anderson) is terrifi ed of adulthood and the responsibility of taking care of his somewhat wild four children. Guys With Kids gets the male perspective on stay-at-home parenting.

Sophia Kim, Staff Writer

Guys With Kids is NBC’s latest addition to its fall lineup. As its name suggests, the new half-hour sitcom is about three thirty-something-year-old men with kids who attempt to make childhood fun.  Chris (Jesse Bradford), Nick (Zach Cregger), and Gary (Anthony Anderson) try to maintain their manhood while taking on typical “mom” roles.

Chris has difficulty raising his son Erie because of his overbearing ex-wife Sheila (Erinn Hayes).  Nick is a working man with two kids that his wife Emily (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) looks after. Gary is the stay-at-home dad, looking after four kids while his wife Marny (Tempestt Bledsoe) works at her demanding job.

Chris, Nick, and Gary all face their own relatable dilemmas as they attempt to balance parenting, their love lives, work, and manhood.

The show’s humor is suitable for all ages, but much of the comedy stems from the challenges of parenting.  The dialogue is simply hilarious, and the characters themselves are original and have a great sense of humor.

The true beauty of the show is how it portrays what men and women actually face when they raise children.  Guys With Kids portrays how parenting isn’t all about the loving and rewarding experience of nurturing another life.

Viewers can sympathize with the characters as they struggle to raise their children.  Gary makes a clear point throughout the pilot that as much as he loves his four kids, they drive him crazy to the point where he can’t even put on clothes properly.

Nick’s demanding job constantly interferes with his parenting.  The characters, honestly written and believably flawed, manage to draw humor from their stressful situations.

Guys With Kids is a show that can be enjoyed by everybody, especially parents who can relate to the problems the characters face.