A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The immigrant experience in America is a key theme. Family is also central to the show. Prejudice is alluded to.
Positive Role Models
Bob is a good son, a hard worker. He's genuinely interested in Abishola and is willing to try to understand her experience. Abishola is kind, hardworking, and a good mother, but is wary about getting into a relationship.
Violence & Scariness
Mild arguments are commonplace. School fights are discussed, but not shown. There's no blood or gore, but a person is shown unsuccessfully being resuscitated in a hospital.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contains some awkward, and sometimes strong, innuendo in the form of jokes.
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Contains strong language like "bitch" and "d--k." Racial slurs are sometimes mentioned, but within specific contexts designed to highlight how offensive they are.
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Products & Purchases
References to brands like Nike.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bob Hearts Abishola is a comedy series about a man who falls in love with his nurse, who is a Nigerian immigrant. If offers some lighthearted social commentary about what the immigrant experience is like in America. It also contains some strong language, including some racial slurs, that are offered in a context that points out how disturbing they are. There's also some sexual innuendo, bathroom jokes, mild arguments, and references to school fights. Sick (and sometimes dying) people are shown in the hospital. While some are offered in context, some viewers may consider the narratives and characterizations to be stereotypical.
Is It Any Good?
This series uses humor to create lighthearted stories about the immigrant experience in the United States at a time when immigrants, and immigration, are subjects of controversy. The awkward pairing of Bob and Abishola, whose differences range from being of separate racial and ethnic backgrounds to the ways they each reach for the American Dream, allows for some social commentary about the subject.
While some may find this groundbreaking, others may take issue with some of the all-too-standard conventions the show presents, such as the pursuit and (hopeful) romantic conquest of a black woman by a white man, and jokes about immigrants wanting to marry wealthy Americans. But there's also an earnestness about Bob Hearts Abishola that makes it likable, and the writers' efforts at slowly bringing the two characters together to find common ground give these stereotypes some context. Not everyone will appreciate it, or find it entertaining. Nonetheless, the positive messages the show presents about who immigrants are, the work that goes into building a life here, and the important role immigrants play in this country are a good thing.
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