A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kindness, honesty, and faithfulness are praised; show downplays religious angle.
Positive Role Models
Main character Amy talks frequently about drinking and being drunk; Allison, a responsible doctor, is a better role model for teens.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Main characters are single and interested; expect flirting, kissing, dating. Some off-color discussion of groping, sex, bodily functions, and "dry-humping."
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Mild cursing: "Should I stick my head up my ass?"
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Mentions of real consumer products.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The show seems to find it charming that our "angel" is a heavy drinker. Many scenes take place in bars, with characters drinking beers, cocktails, shots.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Angel from Hell is a comedy about an unconventional guardian angel who intervenes in the life of a tightly wound dermatologist. The show seems to find it amusing and charming that the angel appears to be a heavy drinker; she carries a flask, hangs out in bars, and frequently refers to being loaded or drunk. Many scenes take place in bars with characters drinking cocktails, beer, and shots. Expect mild cursing, usually "hell," "damn," or "ass," and some off-color discussion of bodily functions, sex, and intimacy. Most teens can handle the mild action and vulgarity, but they probably won't be that interested in these characters.
Is It Any Good?
This is the type of show that telegraphs its every comic move (and no, making the angel a drinker doesn't count as fresh), but the proceedings are enlivened by the casting and semi-sharp gags. Jane Lynch has been a reliably crusty presence on shows such as Glee and Party Down, and Kevin Pollak is always a welcome and genial presence on screens both large and small. On the downside, Allison is a truly tired TV type, the gorgeous but supposedly awkward blonde who's suspiciously young for the great job she has.
Which makes the stakes in this comedy so low is that it's hard for viewers to invest, no matter how many "this is Jane Lynch being charmingly offensive" moments get thrown at the audience. Some of the gags do hit the target -- Amy finally convinces Allison she's been watching over her by revealing she knows Allison got her first period at a Red Lobster -- but it all seems just as fake, and not ironically so, as any of those 1960s "magical" sitcoms (Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie). It's a good-enough show with a talented cast but definitely not appointment television.
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