A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
CLIPPED is a comedy series about a Boston barbershop and its unique crew of haircutters. Buzzy’s, a blue-collar shop in a working-class part of town, offers its clients trims and styles by aspiring ball player Mike Castle (A.J. Salerno), Danni (Ashley Tisdale), the eccentric Mo (Matt Cook), the tough-talking Charmaine (Diona Reasonova), and the shop's previous owner, Buzzy (played by Cheers' George Wendt). Rounding out the group is the softhearted receptionist Joy (Lauren Lapkus). Trying to keep them in check is their ever-annoying boss, Ben (Ryan Pinkston). Luckily, most of them have known each other all their lives, and together they can figure out anything that comes their way.
Is it any good?
The lighthearted series has some occasional humorous moments, but the overall show seems to be trying too hard to be authentically Bostonian, thanks to some over-the-top accents and obvious attempts at representing the personality and style of the city's blue-collar residents. Meanwhile, the ensemble cast is a predictable collection of personified stereotypes, ranging from the annoying, foolish boss and his weird sidekick to a tough-talking African-American woman and a sweet-but-flaky receptionist.
Folks who tune in may find themselves reminiscing about the old days at Boston's Cheers, especially when George Wendt delivers lines with his trademark sarcastic humor. But unlike the folks at the bar where everyone knows your name, the folks at Buzzy's simply aren't as likable. The result is a show that has potential but doesn't leave you feeling like you want to go back and visit.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the way the media portrays people from different places across the country. Should stereotypes ever be used to describe these places or the folks who live there?
Families can talk about the culture of hair cutting and styling. Why do you think barbershops are often the setting for shows and movies?