In the 1983 comedy Mr. Mom, Michael Keaton's auto engineer gets laid off, so housewife Teri Garr goes back to work at an ad agency, leaving dad to run the house and watch the kids. (Remember "Kenny, don't paint your sister!"?) Mayhem, many laughs and some tears ensue. NBC's new reality contest, Meet Mister Mom (premiering tonight at 8pm/ET), delivers a similar scenario and payoff by whisking real-life family matriarchs away for a luxury spa vacation, leaving the fathers to lord over their manors solo. The results, as you can imagine, aren't always (if ever) pretty, but Mister Mom is more about laughs than, say, the angst of its reality-TV cousin, Trading Spouses.
"This is different in that [Spouses] was more of a docu-drama, which we do have ele