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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Warm, woman-centered Britcom embraces eccentrics.

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Positive Messages

The series exaggerates personality quirks and one character's mental health disorder, which resembles multiple personalities.


Occasional body humor includes comments like "Is it an itchy anus?" and mention of medical topics like Pap and urine tests.


Infrequent use of "damn," "hell," and "s--t."


Rarely, something like a cell phone or iPod makes an appearance.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults sometimes frequent the neighborhood pub for a drink or two. Conversational drug references include mention of roaches and skunks.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this British comedy pokes good-natured fun at small-town life and an eccentric circle of gossipy women. A main character deals with the death of her husband and the change of direction her life takes in the aftermath. Strong language is sporadic, and body-related humor includes medical ailments like anal polyps and touchy subjects like Pap tests, all of which are played for laughs. While there's little content that's iffy for teens, kids may not appreciate the affectionate, character-based comedy the same way that adults (mainly women) will.

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What's the story?

The warm British comedy CLATTERFORD offers a tongue-in-cheek peek at the daily goings-on of residents in a small Devon town, spotlighting the eccentric members of the local women's club. The series centers on Sal Vine (Sue Johnston), the town's all-around go-to gal, gossiper, and advice giver. But when Sal's husband dies suddenly, she takes the advice she herself gave to the grief counselor who came to her door -- she gets a mini-makeover and heads for the local women's club she had always vehemently avoided. Her fellow members are a rag-tag group of eccentrics whose combined quirks make for plenty of in-fighting -- and lots of gossip. From the serious, stately club leader Eileen (Maggie Steed) to church organist Delilah (Joanna Lumley) -- who crawls around town on her bike with training wheels -- to nutty resident Rosie (Dawn French) and her belligerent alter ego, Margaret, there's never a dull moment in this ladies' club.

Is it any good?

With its subtle humor and strong cast, Clatterford delivers an affectionately comic glimpse at small-town life that's sure to amuse the female crowd. The absence of too much iffy material also makes it fine for sharing with teen daughters, too, as long as they (and you) can appreciate the character-based humor and don't mind the occasional strong language (including "s--t") and some body-related laughs (like references to suppositories inserted in the wrong place).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship. What makes someone a good friend? How does a deep friendship develop? How important are common interests in a relationship? Teens: How do you resolve differences with your friends? What challenges can arise within a large group of buddies? How does friendship change as you get older? Families can also discuss British humor. How is it different than American comedy? What parts of this show are distinctly British? Why?

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