Carpoolers

Common Sense Media says

Some sexual humor, but quirky comedy mostly OK.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Most characters are exaggerated versions of well-intentioned regular folks. One character is going through a bitter divorce and sometimes acts rude. A bit of gender-role stereotyping.

Violence

Gag violence, such as a rival carpool knocking over a man with its car -- no injuries.

Sex

Discussion of sex, sexual problems, and sexual activity, usually as they relate to marriage and usually in pretty mild terms. Topics include virginity and sexual positions. Some sexual innuendo, also rather mild. Brief scenes of married couples kissing or sitting in bed together. One character has a habit of not wearing pants.

Language

Occasional use of words like "ass" and "hell."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this quirky sitcom revolves around the adult characters' relationship issues, including marital strife. Jokes about virginity, sexual positions, and divorce are common. Sexual innuendo, while on the mild side, is also pretty frequent. There's occasional profanity, like "hell" or "ass," and some social drinking. Expect a bit of stereotyping in male and female roles, but also some nuance when it comes to gender.

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What's the story?

Traditionally, sitcoms have centered on either the home or the office. CARPOOLERS focuses on the space in between the two. Four men with very different personalities ride together on their way to work, sharing parts of their lives, their struggles, and their quirks along the way. Traditional Gracen (Fred Goss) feels his masculinity threatened when his house-flipping wife, Leila (Faith Ford), starts raking in the money. He takes advice from the brash Laird (Jerry O'Connell), who's in the midst of a bitter divorce. Their commuting quartet is rounded out by Aubrey (Jerry Minor), the timid and harried father of several young children, and fresh-faced newlywed Dougie (Tim Peper).

Is it any good?

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More a straight comedy than a traditional TV sitcom, Carpoolers offers funny characters, good comic acting, and situations most men can relate to (albeit exaggerated to extreme versions). The four main characters maintain peace among the group while also supporting each other throughout their manly (and marital) struggles.

With lots of focus on marital issues -- including sexual problems, divorce, and financial conflicts -- Carpoolers is best for adults. But teens probably won't see or hear anything they haven't seen or heard before.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the media tends to portray male friendship. Do you think this show offers an accurate representation? How are males' and females' idea of what happens when the opposite sex is alone with their friends different? What stereotypes go into those assumptions?

TV details

Cast:Fred Goss, Jerry Minor, Jerry O'Connell
Network:ABC
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG

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Adult Written byindigoskye April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Not funny

Anything with sexual content however slight is inappropriate for our children to view, look at this society. It is becoming no children allowed. This is more of the same.
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008
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