A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
By focusing on three different couples at different stages in their relationships, the show examines both the positives and negatives of monogamy. The tone is generally upbeat.
Positive Role Models
The ensemble runs the gamut in terms of role modeling, but nobody's a horrible person. Most characters have idiosyncracies, although they're all in committed relationships.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some punchlines involve sexual innuendo and/or sexual situations. Two characters are getting married because of a pregnancy, etc.
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Characters use words like "idiot," "stupid," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink socially in a responsible way.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sitcom focuses on committed relationships among six adults -- two sisters, their parents, and their significant others. The youngest character is in her late 20s, and she and her boyfriend are getting married because of a pending pregnancy. Another couple has consciously chosen not to get married. Still, most sexual situations are mild (i.e., suggested rather than shown). Older teens can handle the content, which will probably appeal to them on some level, and is essentially free of any iffy language, violence, or substance abuse.
Is It Any Good?
Better with You borrows a lot from the successful Friends formula, except that Mia, Maddie, Vicky, Casey, Ben, and Joel aren't roommates in the traditional sense -- they're one, big well-cast family. Casey's similarities to Friends' dumb-but-loveable Joey are
merely probably a coincidence. Or not. But Better with You still feels fresh thanks to zippy timing, palpable chemistry, and a sense that, comedically speaking, everyone's pulling their weight.
It's also fun to see the pros and cons of partnering play out at three different points along the relationship spectrum. True, the younger characters get a bit more camera time, and the parents' 35-year marriage is mostly reduced to bottled-up seething and dysfunction. But when Mom and Dad deliver a line, they usually get the last laugh.
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