Baby Daddy: Is the ABC Family Series Worth Watching?

Baby Daddy on ABC FamilyThis new ABC Family comedy revolves around Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau) a young man in his twenties. He becomes an “instant Baby Daddy” to an infant girl when she’s left on his doorstep by an ex-girlfriend. He decides to raise the baby with the help of his mother Bonnie (Melissa Peterman), his brother Danny (Derek Theler), his best buddy Tucker (Tahj Mowry) and Riley (Chelsea Kane), his close female friend who’s harboring a secret crush.

The cable channel is pairing Baby Daddy with their already successful sitcom Melissa & Joey. Will it be as successful or will it be cancelled after one season? Is it worth watching? Here’s what the critics are saying:

Boston Herald: “There’s so much mugging going on here, and none of it from the actresses playing the baby. Kane so resembles Kaley Cuoco, you might think The Big Bang Theory star is slumming. Fox’s Raising Hope manages to be both more outrageous and realistic than this flimsy, forgettable time-waster. But not since the Olsen twins ruled Full House have there been kids so gosh-darn-melt-your-cold-heart adorable. They’re most often used as props for silly sight gags, and they’re good sports.”

Chicago Tribune: “Let’s stipulate that ABC Family isn’t trying to reinvent the sitcom, and that nobody has cornered the cute-baby market, or the concept of having single men raising one. Even with that level of generosity, Baby Daddy is as stale as an old Diaper Genie, a series of poopy one-liners, powdered with little ‘Aw’-inducing moments of heart. While the concept ought to be a fertile one, there’s not enough duct tape in the world — the guys’ preferred method of holding diapers together — to make the show more than gratingly bearable… The cast is cheerful enough — and a lot younger than Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg — but there’s really not much to be done with a concept this stale, or characters this thinly defined.”

Newsday:Baby Daddy is predictable, and then not, and sugar sweet, and then more safely sugar-free sweet. It knows when to drop a punch line, when to work the awww factor, and when to get all Sentimental Message Time about characters learning to believe in themselves.”

LA Times: “Ever since Heidi got dragged up that mountain, tots have been turning angry/immature/egotistical/damaged guys into caring and wonderful adults with naught but a smile and, perhaps, a well-timed bout of fever. That the story hasn’t advanced an inch since then is dispiriting, but this show doesn’t even try.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “In many respects, Baby Daddy is the anti-Teen Mom. This sitcom exists in a (fantasy?) universe where a potential father opts to care for a child that may not even be his. It’s also similar to Fox’s Raising Hope, except that Raising Hope offers smart comedy and Baby Daddy is stuck in the realm of TGIF humor.”

What do you think? Is Baby Daddy worth your time? Have you watched the show? Will you watch again?

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  1. kim says

    i liked it. i don’t think that the 2nd ep was to make it seem ok to leave a baby home alone. I think it’s more to teach any new parent to check on the babysitters more often to assure everything is alright. What could happen if your brother and best bud watch your baby and all they can think about is a fun night out. They think the other has it covered and they both left. A real scenario possibility. I would keep watching this show. i like what i see so far.

  2. Keisha says

    I hope they will renewal 2nd season of baby Daddy

    I think it great show. for those people need to give it try.

  3. lizzy says

    i am in love with this show! just because some people dont find the humor out of it doesnt mean its a terrible show. i laughed throughout the whole entire episode. well done!!

  4. Shasha says

    Isnt the whole point of AbcFamily to have a laugh so just because its cheesy docent mean it’s terrible

  5. brad says

    once they used up all the cliche’ baby stuff (duct tape diapers and pee and poo jokes) it got stale very fast. This show has the life expectancy of an in internet meme: you realize its a thing after the first two instances but after that its just the same picture and different text.

  6. Dana says

    Honestly, I agree with Jay. It is cliche. Sure, some situtions on ABC Family may not actually come true, but this show was a Failure! I would actually laugh at other shows once in a while, but this one doesnt amuse me one bit. The actors are full with enthusiasm and talent but the plot of this show wouldn’t even be close to the real world.
    Shows I admire on ABC Family: Pretty little liars, Secret Life, Melissa and Joey
    Shows I show know interest in: Baby Daddy, Bunheads,Baby Daddy, Baby Daddy!

  7. Josie says

    I did not like it! I love TGIF and all the old shows. I watched the second episode where the baby was left home by itself. That’s right, a baby was left home all by itself. I felt like they were okaying neglect and borderline abuse. The show made it clear that the baby really wasn’t alone for long, but that is not the point. The baby could have been alone for hours due to these people’s stupid decisions. The guy decided to go on a date rather than stay home with his child. This is teen mom turned to awful teen dad and then into sophmoric humor. They ended the episode with the line “everyone makes mistakes.” I understand that some crazy, awful mistakes can happen, but they just brushed this under the carpet and made it a joke. I was horrified by how little this “dad” wanted to actually be with his baby and how much he did to avoid the responsibilities of parenting.

  8. Kris says

    Wow. I really think the critics were a bit too harsh. Sure, it’s cliche and it’s not some complicated “smart” comedy, but it’s cute and funny. Yes, I agree it’s more of a TGIF-type funny, which is what we all need once in a while. And yes, it seems fantastical that a young dad would want to actually keep his child, but hey, it’s TV. I think the critics need to take a chill pill and if they don’t want to watch a show for giggles and adorable moments, then DON’T. Let the rest of us enjoy it, okay?

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