By Elisabeth Chaney,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Not as funny as it could be, and not for kids.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Mostly decent, but some quick-to-bed action.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some innuendo, adult situations.
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Some "bitch" and "ass"-type profanity.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The main character's love interest works in a tavern.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this show has a strong, professional female role model, but also has this same person jumping into a sexual relationship rather quickly.
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What's the Story?
COURTING ALEX is Jenna Elfman's highly anticipated return to TV following her success in Dharma and Greg, in which she played a free spirit married to a strait-laced lawyer. In Courting Alex, Elfman has switched roles, now playing the strait-laced lawyer herself. Addicted to her job and various communication devices, Alex works at a law firm run by her father, Bill (Dabney Coleman). In the first episode, Alex is asked to strike a deal with cute tavern owner Scott (Josh Randall) and, in the process, develops some chemistry with him. The next few episodes follow Scott's courtship of Alex -- including their first kiss, their first date, and their first weekend together, which, although the timeline isn't clear, seemed to happen pretty quickly.
Is It Any Good?
What's great about this show is the strong role model found in Alex's character. She's a hard-working, driven, professional female, but she's also human, and the show does a decent job of displaying her faults, such as her inability to juggle too many things at once.
However, with so many new and innovative sitcoms on network TV these days, an old-school show with a laugh track really needs something extra -- something that's more of a departure from what we've been seeing for years. And unfortunately, Courting Alex just doesn't have it. The dialogue seems very forced and the plot seems rather canned.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about premarital sex. Is it ever ok? If so, after how many dates? Does it complicate things? How?
- Premiere date: January 23, 2006
- Cast: Dabney Coleman, Hugh Bonneville, Jenna Elfman
- Network: CBS
- Genre: Comedy
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: February 28, 2022
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