Close Enough

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Adult animated comedy features profanity, sex jokes.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

As with most sitcoms, the characters are learning how to cope with practical and moral problems that arise in their everyday lives. These include parenting, careers, and relationships.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Features ethnically diverse cast and each animated character is also representative of their voice actor's race. The characters are comically flawed but relatable and doing their best.

Violence

Cartoonish violence abounds and includes fistfights, decapitation, and sports-related injuries.

Sex

A ton of sexual humor: jokes about sex, characters named after sex organs, plenty of innuendo, even some sexual assault (flashing) played for humor. Sex is not shown, but before and after are. No (animated) nudity. 

Language

Lots of profanity and off-color language, including "s--t," "piss," "dumbass," etc.

Consumerism

Consumerism only appears on Close Enough to be made fun of. No real products are shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink alcohol. No drug use or smoking is shown.

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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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySajid22 September 21, 2020

A world apart

Being a huge fan of Regular show, I had very high expectations for Close enough.
It is rated 12 on Netflix, which is crazy.
The show is has scenes of drug us... Continue reading
Adult Written bylil paccs September 16, 2020

great movie

its fine for kids around 11. its a goofy tv show and your kids would love it
Teen, 15 years old Written byJayden12911 September 15, 2020
It’s awesome
Teen, 16 years old Written byNadia Cloud September 9, 2020

Great show, definitely worth the wait! Great for adults who love Cartoon Network.

Close Enough was made by the same person who made Regular Show. I very much am a fan of Regular Show and this did not disappoint. This is great for Cartoon Netw... Continue reading

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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