YMMV: My Wife and Kids


  • Crazy Awesome: If you don't mind Franklin (see below), he can seem like this.
    • The wedding that Michael and Jay had planned for Junior was going to be this, a bit too much.
  • Creator's Pet: Franklin, and how. It got to the point that he was included more than Michael's wife and kids. Think about that for a second. And of course, Franklin has to come save the day in several episodes the remodel of the garage; when things turn sour, of course it turns out he's a certified contractor. Michael curbstomping everyone in foosball? Guess who's the one person who can beat him?
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The CALVINATOR!
  • Fixer Sue: Franklin.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show's pretty popular in Brazil, due to it being constantly aired in an open TV channel. It's also popular in Italy.
  • Jerk Sue: It's what Jay stands for. Her personality is pretty much a more promiscuous Debra Barone.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Michael crossed this in "Here Comes Da Judge" when he let Kady fall off her bike and wasn't even sorry. Not only that, but aside from briefly getting the cold shoulder from her and Jay, he didn't suffer any form of comeuppance.
    • It should be noted that the writers probably took notice of this, seeing as in the next episode—-the one where Clare steals the car—-he was shown as a much more concerned parent, seeing as he gets very angry at her for doing something that could have gotten her hurt or killed.
  • Real-Life Relative: Michael's brother & sister were played with Keenan & Kim Wayans, Damon Wayans's older brother & younger sister. Two of his sons also played Junior's friends.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Isn't that genius kid Micah Sanders? Yep, it's him.
  • The Scrappy: Depending on the episode anyone in the Kyle family can be this.
  • Squick: In-Universe - the kids and Vanessa are squicked out when Jay presents her plan to distract Michael with the sexy via a sexy dance out the garage door in the episode "They Call Me El Foosay."
  • Toy Ship: Kady and Franklin.