A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although the show's premise is based on casual sex, overall it's about making the best of a tricky situation and stepping up to responsibility.
Positive Role Models
The main characters make serious mistakes, but at heart they're good people who try to do the right thing. Some secondary characters are less than exemplary.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The show's premise is based on the main character getting involved in a one-night stand that leads to pregnancy, but nothing too graphic shown. You can expect lots of innuendo, sexual banter, and jokes about everything from body parts to masturbation.
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Some sexually charged terms like "robot porn," "nipples," and "hooker."
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Products & Purchases
Some casual references to brand names, like Skittles.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters occasionally drink to the point of cloudy judgment. A secondary character is assumed to smoke marijuana, though he isn't shown doing it.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that casual sex is the catalyst that jump-starts this sitcom about an unmarried female character in her 30s who gets pregnant and admits that, on more than one occasion, she didn't use protection. The show's jokes are heavy on sexual innuendo and body part humor, but language is mostly curse-free (although you will hear words like "hooker," "porn," etc.). There's also some social drinking. and a secondary character uses marijuana (off screen). The main role models are flawed but generally positive as they try to step up and act responsibly.
Is It Any Good?
As far as sitcoms go, Accidentally on Purpose is entertaining enough, with some generally funny writing and a strong cast (although Foster, like his character, seems a bit green compared to his co-stars). Elfman lays it on thick with offbeat charm to create a satisfyingly quirky protagonist, and it's great to see Ashley Jensen (Extras) in a supporting turn as her ballsy gal pal. Lines like "He smelled like a Skittle; I feel like I tasted the rainbow" and "I prefer the term 'linx' or 'ocelot' [to 'cougar']" definitely work.
That said, some aspects -- including the premise of having your baby daddy living in your apartment long-term -- seem less certain. And what happens when the baby comes along?
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