How THE BIG SHOW SHOW Is a Return to Wholesome Family Comedy
By Jessilyn Lancaster, Managing Editor
Netflix’s new family comedy series THE BIG SHOW SHOW (TBSS) with retired WWE superstar Paul Wight, aka “The Big Show.” TBSS is surprisingly wholesome, family fare for viewers who are tired of excessive content sneaking into children’s TV.
TBSS is about The Big Show inviting his daughter Lola from a previous relationship to come live with his family when her mom moves out of the country. Both Show and his wife, Cassy, as well as their two daughters, Mandy and JJ, are excited to welcome Lola into the home. Though there is some minor drama revolving around shared rooms and adjusting to life with another family member, but most of the storylines are ultimately redemptive.
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TBSS is a quirky comedy with heart that highlights the importance of family and emphasizes spending time with parents and siblings above personal relationships. Compared to similar shows on Disney Channel or Nickelodeon, the parents are treated with respect and openly correct a child’s misbehavior. The teenage star doesn’t have an attitude or look down on her little sisters. Instead, she willingly helps them out on multiple occasions.
The show has two negative aspects, the first of which is taking the Lord’s name in vain. Though this is inexcusable and a deal breaker for many families, some parents may be encouraged to know there is no foul language otherwise. The other problem is some brief references to homosexuality. In one episode, a character refers to his “moms” owning an art studio. Another episode includes Tan France of Netflix’s QUEER EYE. Though adults will note that QUEER EYE is a show featuring homosexual men, France’s sexuality is not discussed in the show. He is only included for his fashion sense.
However, both of these cautions are easily overshadowed by Show’s love for his girls. He is often seen advocating on their behalf, going to school to encourage them, and even cooking a favorite family recipe with his daughter on television. While the family is not perfect, it is both encouraging and refreshing to see an on-screen family enjoy each other’s company and want to spend more time with each other. The parents clearly state that they want to teach their daughters right from wrong and even accept conviction to improve their own lives.
Ultimately, TBSS is a return to family comedy that seems much needed in a time with lackluster so-called “child-friendly” entertainment.
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