Brianna is an 18-year-old from Webster, NY. Her true passions lie in helping others, in playing tennis and in trying new things. She doesn’t know where life will take her, but she is excited to find out.
I hate I Hate My Teenage Daughter. This new Fox show depicts the lives of two former social outcasts, Annie and Nikki (Jamie Pressley and Katie Finneran respectively) who gave birth to the brattiest teenagers on the planet, Sophie and Mackenzie (Kristi Lauren and Aisha Dee). Given the show is a comedy, some leeway should be permitted for extremities in character, but these characters are beyond incompetent to the point of frustration. For example, Annie and Nikki decide that they are going to punish their girls for locking a handicapped boy in the girls’ bathroom, a heinous and inexcusable offense. I know that if I EVER did something as terrible as that I would be punished for a very long time. The moms tell their daughters that they can’t go to the school dance, not exactly a big punishment, but a step in the right direction. Just when I started to have faith in Annie and Nikki, they back out on their punishment and allow their girls to go to the dance. What are Sophie and Mackenzie going to grow up thinking? That their actions have no consequences? That they can bully others whenever they feel like it? One would think that Annie and Nikki would have empathy for the handicapped boy in that they know what it feels like to be bullied. But instead they repeat the pattern and continue raising their teenage daughters to be bullies.
Regardless of the bad acting, terrible plots, and poor characters, the parenting on Teenage Daughter is kind of ingenious. It not only shows two divorced, single mothers raising their children, but it also shows two divorced, single fathers who are just as inept as their former wives. Although all four parents, and even an uncle, try to work together to raise Sophie and Mackenzie, their efforts usually don’t pay off. Most offenses by the girls end up in frantic panic from Annie and Nikki, who apparently don’t know how to punish their own children without talking to each other first. The girls’ fathers, Gary and Jack (Chad Coleman and Eric Sheffer Stevens,) are surprisingly cooperative in trying to be a family.
The show gets slightly better after the first episode. It begins to show the nicer sides of the girls and better parenting from all of the parents. For example, one episode depicts a family game night in which Sophie and Mackenzie claim that they had fun spending time with their family. I don’t think that these girls have ever said the word “fun” and “family” in the same sentence before.
What you can gain from watching this show is the hope that no matter how unsuccessful of a parent you think you’ve been, there are four parents who are worse than you. And you’re probably funnier too.