A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The main characters are good at heart, but their flaws are highlighted for comedy's sake. Plots involve jealosy, competition, cheating, etc. Anti-corporate message. Humorous, though not unkind, treatment of race and homosexuality. Diverse cast.
Violence & Scariness
Some slapstick humor -- chasing, hitting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussion of sexual activity, such as one-night stands, "friends with benefits," heavy flirting.
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Mild swearing ("damn," "ass," etc.). Some other coarse language, like "screw."
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Products & Purchases
Girl Scout Cookies appear in one episode. Some brands are visible in the background, but they're not obvious.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some discussion of drinking or smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this irreverent, partially improvised sitcom has plenty of adult-skewed humor, including jokes about casual sex and Jesus. Ethnicity and sexual orientation are the basis of some jokes, though the treatment is generally respectful. Some crude language pops up.
Is It Any Good?
Like the hugely successful British (and now American) series, The Office, 10 Items or Less is only partially scripted. The rest is left up to the largely talented cast. The result can be cleverly funny, like when Pool refers to a note he wrote a girl in high school, saying he signed off with "WBS, write back soon; SSS, sorry so sloppy." But it can also result in some uneven comedy. The fact that the show is filmed in an actual grocery store adds another opportunity for spontaneity in the plot -- some of the real customers appear in the show (a tactic similar to that used by fellow improv sitcom Dog Bites Man, in which a fake news crew interviews real, unsuspecting people).
The humor is mostly adult-oriented, such as one storyline revolving around a one-night-stand between two employees that resulted in a baby. But there's a lot of physical, slapstick humor that will appeal to teens. Some moments are intentionally awkward and might make some viewers uncomfortable. Parents may want to watch with teens or preview an episode to see if it's OK for their kids.
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