Episode PremiereNovember 07, 2008
Show Period2004 - 2010
Production CompanyRDF USA, Embassy Row
In Ohio, the Brown family lives a chaotic life of yo-yos, rock music and taking life as it comes. Wife Marlee (28) is a freelance graphic designer juggling a heavy workload with her two boys, Maverick (2) and Zane (12). Husband Steve (32), a yo-yo champion who performs in a tutu when he's not working long hours in the family's zany shop, believes the best way to teach responsibility to kids is to leave them free to turn the house upside down. Steve is Zane's step-dad, and his hands-off approach to parenting means the two have a distant and uninvolved relationship, while Marlee is too busy trying to keep her job, her boys and the house together to do anything about it.
The Neighbors family know that appearances are important and that, if anything is worth doing, it's worth doing well. Wife Jessica (36) and husband Alan (48) studied the art of parenting and are totally involved in their children's lives, which means going to school every day to check their kids' desks and meet with their teachers. At home in Idaho, daughter Kassidy (11) and son Kaden (9) have a rigid routine of gymnastics, soccer, music lessons and chores. The children's performance is monitored by Jessica's intricate star chart system; if the children win enough stars, they earn a pizza and a movie. Safety is a priority to Jessica, so the children are never left unattended and both are buckled into booster seats for every car trip, even though Kassidy now finds this embarrassing.