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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bless The Harts is an animated comedy series about a financially challenged family from the South. Jesus is a contemporary (but respectful) character, and the other cast members, while not perfect, are ultimately good people. Some of the language is a little rough ("damn," "crap"), and there’s some drinking. On occasion things explode or fall apart (no one gets hurt), and weapons like sabers and guns are on display. The Harts are loving and try to do their best under challenging circumstances.
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What's the story?
BLESS THE HARTS is an animated comedy series about a love-rich, but cash poor North Carolina family’s efforts to make ends meet. The Hart family is headed up by single mom Jenny (Kristen Wiig), a waitress at restaurant The Last Supper. She lives with her scheming, but well-intentioned mom Betty (Maya Rudolph), and her clever, creative daughter Violet (Jillian Bell). Her long-time boyfriend, Wayne Edwards (Ike Barinholtz), is committed to the family, and does everything he can to help. They don’t always make the best choices, and Jenny is often overwhelmed by the day-to-day struggles. Luckily, Jesus (played by Kumail Nanjiani) sometimes hangs out with her at work and gives her advice.
Is it any good?
This lighthearted series offers some positive messages by featuring a family that's rich in love despite their financial woes. While characters can be sarcastic at times, the family members spend their time trying to understand or support one another, rather than attempting to tear each other apart. The show’s rendition of Jesus is humorous and contemporary, but the conversations that take place are both respectful and kind. It may fall flat for those who prefer edgier animated fare, but Bless The Harts works if you’re looking for some pretty mild humor.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about including religious figures and icons in comedy series. Is this disrespectful, even if the representation is a positive one? Why or why not?
How can a comedy series be funny without being stereotypical? Do you think Bless The Harts accomplishes this?
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