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Parents' Guide to

Almost Family

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Unsettling family drama is profoundly ill-conceived.

TV Fox Drama 2019
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Great TV show

Almost Family is fantastically made for older teenagers and adults. It does a fantastic job at showing different views people have throughout life and the human struggle with ethics. I would not recommend it for younger ages due to sexual content and minor language, however it doesn't hold any offensive content. While it shows things like incest, adultery, and sex, the show is not showing support for people to commit those acts. It is just showing that it is a part of life. I extremely recommend for parents encouraging feminism, and all other feminists. The show does take about two episodes to really get interesting .

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Even beyond the deeply unsettling premise -- which seems to retroactively justify an act that is at the very least a huge ethical violation; at most, it's sexual assault -- Almost Family is unconscionably tone deaf on many things, but especially sex and sexuality. Each of its three female leads are introduced by way of their sexuality: Julia (Brittany Snow) has meaningless flings to help her self-worth; Roxy (Emily Osment) breaks the jaw of someone who tries to touch her inappropriately (and is shamed for it); and Edie (Megalyn Echikunwoke) doesn't enjoy sex with her husband so therefore, according to the show, must be a lesbian. And then there's the sexual relationship that Julia has with her half-brother! If Almost Family wanted to sincerely examine the moral and ethical questions behind Dr. Bechley's actions, it might be intriguing, but the show is more interested in sensationalism and, subsequently, downplaying the ramifications of an abhorrent act.

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