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100 Questions

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Single lady's search for love offers innuendo, lame jokes.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main character's search for her soul mate comes from a desire to be part of a stable, long-term relationship. Friendships are important.

Positive role models

The main character is intelligent and honest, even though she doesn't always make perfect choices. Secondary characters are a mixed bag, but their actions aren't overwhelmingly negative.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Jokes often rely on sexual innuendo or sexually charged terms like "testicles" and "scrotum."

Language

Audibles like "bitch" and "ass."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some occasional social drinking.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:May 27, 2010
Cast:Chris Moynihan, David Walton, Sophie Winkleman
Network:NBC
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD

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