A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show seems to have a really shaky grasp on morals and ethics, from the premise on down.
Positive Role Models
Whatever good intentions characters have are usually undermined by the script. For example, the show seems to want three strong female protagonists, but then introduces each of them by way of their sexuality.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The premise of the show involves an act of sexual violation. Characters engage in simulated sex, and talk about sex frequently.
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"Bitch," "damn," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Some product placement.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters frequently drink alcohol. One character uses pharmaceuticals recreationally.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Almost Family is a drama that revolves around a complex issue: a fertility doctor who uses his own sperm to fertilize patients without their knowledge. Though the show attempts to deal with the moral and ethical implications of that act, it focuses more on the sensationalism of the story than on the violation and the profound impact it would have on its victims.
Is It Any Good?
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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