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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
As a middle-aged woman embarking on a demanding new medical career, Carol challenges stereotypes about age and ability. Her unique perspective makes her a surprisingly valuable asset in the hospital and among her coworkers, even if her age inspires plenty of jokes at her expense. Racial diversity exists among the hospital staff, and their duties also challenge traditional gender norms with a female doctor at the helm and a male nurse prominent in the show.
Positive Role Models
Carol is outspoken and self-confident, despite the teasing she endures because of her advanced age. She has a strict code of behavior that causes her to disobey her superiors at times but always for good reason. It takes time, but eventually she wins over her peers and superiors with her sunny demeanor and determination to succeed. A main character identifies as queer.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to "boner pills" and "horny teenagers." Some suggestive flirting.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Carol's Second Act is a funny, heartwarming series about a 50-year-old woman reinventing her life by becoming a doctor as a second career. The story often makes light of her advanced age relative to her peers', but these instances allow her to prove her unique value as both an eager student and an emotionally settled adult with both life experience and mature perspective. As such, her age becomes a benefit to herself and to her coworkers and challenges the norms accordingly. Expect occasional mention of matters like "horny teenagers" and "boner pills."
Is It Any Good?
Heaton's wholehearted embrace of this show's titular character advances this feel-good comedy series beyond what otherwise might be expected. Carol is a whirlwind of excitement, determination, passion, and opinion, unwilling to allow her age to be a detriment and always finding a way to use it to her advantage. By so doing, she proves her worth to those around her and reminds viewers that age is merely a number, not a definition.
Carol's Second Act surrounds its main character with a capable supporting cast, each of whom has his or her own personality flaws that add humor to the story and invitations to Carol to wield her uncanny knack for resolving conflict. As she is pulled in different directions and at times called on to mother, counsel, referee, support, and question authority, she embodies the worth of an often-overlooked segment of society with valuable life experience and intuition.
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