A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show has fun stereotyping the relationship between parents and their adult children, casting the former as intrusive and unaware and the latter as chronically inconvenienced by the attention. At the same time, it reflects the strength of family bonds and the idea that family is always there for you.
Positive Role Models
Josh makes the best of a challenging situation and, when it comes down to it, loves his family.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent innuendo and direct references to sex. A man's father encourages him to sleep with his date to end a dry spell since his divorce. There are balls jokes and references to intercourse after middle age, mention of condoms and many discussions of casual sex. Couples kiss, and it's implied it will go farther. A man is shown in his underwear.
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Occasionally "ass" and the like.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 9JKL is a sitcom inspired by star Mark Feuerstein's experiences living in close proximity to his parents as an adult. The premise is that a divorced actor settles into an apartment with his parents in one neighboring unit and his brother and sister-in-law in the other. There are many references to sex throughout the show, having fun with its role in the life of a young married couple, an older couple, and a newly single young man. Expect to hear references to "balls," condoms, casual sex, one-night stands, and the like, and to see kissing and some mild foreplay between adults. There are some sweet moments between family members and some reminders of the rewards of closeness, but on the whole, the suggestion is that there's value in setting boundaries and maintaining distance instead.
Is It Any Good?
This series falls far short of where it could be, given its cast, by relying on trite comedy that loses luster after the first 10 minutes or so. The parents' well-meaning attention to their newly returned -- and conveniently needy, after a divorce settlement wiped out his resources -- son devolves into full-blown suffocation in record time. Ultimately, 9JKL's audience will sympathize with Josh's impulse to run and hide every time his parents make an appearance.
One result of 9JKL's lackluster writing is that much of the humor comes from jokes related to sex. Between Josh's lack of it (he's been in a dry spell since his divorce) and his aging parents' renewed vigor for it (Dad had "man" surgery that's helped in that regard), there's a lot of talk about who's getting some and who's not. It's a tired plot that doesn't help this show's case one bit, even if it does generate some short-lived laughs.
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