A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Close Enough is an adult-oriented animated show about an assortment of housemates -- which includes a married couple and their young daughter -- living in Los Angeles. Most of the humor comes from the main characters, parents Josh and Emily, acting in immature ways. There's lot of cartoonish violence, such as fistfights, decapitation, and sports-related injuries. Lots of jokes are made about sex, and there's tons of edgy innuendo. Profanity is common and includes "s--t." "piss," "dumbass," etc. Complex topics are discussed without any moral clarity.
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What's the story?
In CLOSE ENOUGH, game developer Josh (J.G. Quintel) and musician Emily (Gabrielle Walsh) decide to live with their divorced best friends, social influencer Bridgette (Kimiko Glenn) and college professor Alex (Jason Mantzoukas), in a Los Angeles duplex in order to get their young daughter, Candice (Jessica DiCicco), into a better school. Both the living situation and the parenting challenge Josh and Emily in areas where they may not have matured yet themselves.
Is it any good?
Despite an excellent voice cast, including Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black), Close Enough follows an unsurprisingly familiar template for adult animation. The best adult animation shows (The Simpsons, BoJack Horseman, Rick and Morty) tend to mix lowbrow humor with a strong, even sophisticated, point-of-view. (For instance, BoJack Horseman is about depression, and Rick and Morty is a sharp sci-fi satire). Close Enough lacks that compelling vantage point to tie it together, and the jokes and setups, most of which have been played to death on other shows, aren't nearly strong enough to carry it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about family. How are the characters in Close Enough related to one another? What are the pros and cons of them living together? How do we see those pros and cons being played out in each episode?
Is it important for characters to learn something, even in animated shows? What does it mean to have "developed characters"?
Do you think Josh and Emily are good parents? Why or why not? What are they doing that is helpful for Candice? What might be destructive?
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