A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about adaptability, loyalty, and accountability.
Positive Role Models
Characters show compassion, humility, and ingenuity.
Actors are White, Black, and of Latino descent. Early in the first episode, a trans character appears and is mostly used as a punchline.
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Violence & Scariness
Violent scenes include shootings and fistfights, mostly played for comedy.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A lengthy scene set at a pornography shoot where two men have sex with a woman. In another episode a woman is shown from the front running down the street completely naked.
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Profanity is used frequently throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "ass," etc. Body humor and scatological humor are also heavily featured.
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Products & Purchases
One of the recurring plot points is the legalization of gambling, with emphasis on the NFL and other professional sports leagues.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are frequently seen drinking alcohol and using marijuana. A plotline involves growing and selling magic mushrooms.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bookie is a comedy series about a bookie attempting to adapt to contemporary culture, including the widespread legalization of sports gambling. Created by Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory) for Max, the series features significantly more sex, nudity, profanity, and violence than a broadcast TV sitcom.
Is It Any Good?
When Charlie Sheen playing himself is the big draw, that's probably a bad sign. Chuck Lorre's sitcom Bookie actually provides an ingenious twist on a classic premise: the antiquated businessman trying to adapt to a modern world that has left him behind. The show itself should have taken its own advice, as there's nothing that feels particularly contemporary about the comedy. Instead, the humor is mostly just variations on "kids these days," as Danny, the bookie, tries to navigate things like pronouns and ridesharing. The jokes are exactly what you might expect from someone stuck in the early 2000s, the equivalent of a stand-up routine about airline food.
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