Disney Channel, Sundays 8/7c
Synopsis: With the arrival of their fourth child, Charlotte “Charlie” Duncan, the Duncan family must adjust to having a new baby in the house. Sixteen-year-old Teddy decides to create a video diary for Charlie about the Duncan family and life as a teenager that she will be able to reference when she gets older. Teddy’s two brothers, P.J. and Gabe often play a role in the videos, but spend a significant amount of time getting into trouble of their own. The Duncans are trying hard to keep everything together, but it is going to take more than luck for them to raise a family without going crazy.
As out of proportion as some of the situations may seem, life in the Duncan house is likely no different from the lives of its viewers, with the obvious exception being that not everyone has a significantly younger sibling. The family dynamic element of the show and the (gasp) regular appearances by parents makes it appealing to both a tween audience and a larger family audience. The Duncan children are all likable and we can relate to them – their parents seem to have often unreasonable expectations, they want to stay out of trouble (for the most part), they want to do the right thing, and they even play the blame game (it’s his/her fault, no it’s not), which is always popular in any household. Amy and Pete Duncan, aside from their moments of blatant ignorance, seem to have everything together and appear to be able to function in a fairly normal way while juggling three teens and a baby. The premise of Teddy’s video diary for Charlie is cute and somewhat practical, provided it will eventually serve the purpose Teddy intends for it. Mia Talerico is painfully adorable and the way the older children often use her as leverage to get what they want is fairly predictable, but there is often very little of Charlie and much more of the other family members – something I find a little odd considering the show is partially about her. This aside, Good Luck Charlie is a fun family show that keeps the audience laughing and “aww”ing in its own right.