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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this adult-oriented series explores a single-woman's search for a soul mate and contains some sexually charged jokes and innuendo, in addition to some audible words like "ass" and "testicles." Characters occasionally drink alcohol in social situations.
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What's the Story?
In a calculated move to find her soul mate, London transplant Charlotte Payne (Sophie Winkleman) submits to a dating service that asks her 100 QUESTIONS about her past so a computer and an experienced consultant (Michael Benjamin Washington) can match her up with the man she's been looking for. Along the way, she reminisces about romantic misadventures and good times shared with her best friends: Jill (Collette Wolfe), Leslie (Smith Cho), Mike (series creator Chris Moynihan), and Wayne (David Walton).
Is It Any Good?
As the central character of a character-driven comedy, Charlotte Payne is likeable enough. But she isn't terribly interesting or compelling -- and neither are most of her friends, whose near-constant presence is an essential element to the plot. Add all that up, and you've got a bit of a problem. Particularly because 100 Questions makes so many obvious withdrawals from successful sitcoms that came before it.
Friends offered iconic casting with finely tuned personalities, and How I Met Your Mother took the flashback formula and did it far better. So forget about the titular number; whether 100 Questions makes it past 10 queries will depend on whether audiences even care about the answers.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the role sex plays in adult relationships, at least in the context of this show. What does Charlotte seem to be looking for in a romantic partner? Does that conflict with the types of men she tends to choose?
Why do you think the show's creators chose to tell Charlotte's story in flashback? Is it effective? Would the sitcom be better if it had been structured a different way?
How realistic is the show's premise? How do you think these characters came to be friends?
- Premiere date: May 27, 2010
- Cast: Chris Moynihan, David Walton, Sophie Winkleman
- Network: NBC
- Genre: Comedy
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: October 24, 2022
Our Editors Recommend
How I Met Your Mother
Clever sitcom about love features sex talk, drinking.
Hilarious sitcom for adults and older teens.
Will & Grace
Fun show about a strong friendship; rude jokes, sex, pills.
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