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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Catastrophe is a very funny, very raunchy British comedy that contains a lot of adult themes, including one-night stands, unplanned pregnancy, relationships, and marriage. Viewers will see the two main characters in sexual situations including partial nudity (buttocks), as well as a lot of cursing. Drinking and cigarette smoking is frequent (even briefly while pregnant), and drug use is mentioned. Logos for Apple, Peugeot, and others are visible. Older teens may be able to handle it, but it's really not meant for them.
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What's the story?
CATASTROPHE is a British romantic comedy starring Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan as Rob Norris and Sharon Morris, a couple who barely know each other but are making the best of it after they discover they're having a baby; after a week-long sexual liaison while Rob, an American from Boston, was working in London, Irish school teacher Sharon finds herself pregnant. As they attempt to build a life together and raise their baby, they each must learn how to adjust to each other and figure out if they really want to be together.
Is it any good?
The series offers a sharp and funny portrayal of adults who barely know each other who are attempting to create a conventional partnership after a less-than-ideal beginning to their relationship. Meanwhile, Delaney and Horgan's comedic chemistry creates a smart and endearing partnership that audiences want to root for despite the mistakes they've made.
It gets a little raunchy at times, and adding to the fray are appearances by fun folks such as Carrie Fisher, Tobias Menzies, and Ashley Jensen. But despite all the humor, it also takes a very honest look at how people feel when they have to make decisions about unplanned pregnancies and determine whether or not they're willing to make major life-changing sacrifices as a result.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about marriage and relationships. Is love the only good reason to be in a partnership or get married? What about being pregnant? What are some of the other reasons people get together? What does this series suggest about some of these points?
How does the media portray casual sex and related themes? Is there a connection between the sexual content we see on TV and the decisions we make about having sex and protecting ourselves?
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