Dharma & Greg

TV review by
Audrey Shapiro, Common Sense Media
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Progressive opposites attract. Teens and up.

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Positive Messages

The two main characters are caring and sensitive to each other. Their parents (whose roles are pretty stereotypical) share opposite political and social views, are offended by each other's beliefs, and insult each another. Themes include, drugs, sex, unmarried parents, and social class.

Violence
Sex

Sexual references, innuendo, and suggestion. Many kissing and bedroom scenes.

Language

Mild: "ass," "hell," "balls."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to marijuana and drugs, particularly relating to the '60s/hippie era.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series is about a couple from different backgrounds who get married on their first date. Dharma and Greg are often shown in bed together, kissing and hugging, and their single friends discuss sexual exploits. Their parents are social and political opposites who view each other with disdain: Dharma's are unmarried hippies who often talk about drugs and embrace liberal politics, and Greg's are politically conservative snobs. Language is mild, but some of the context isn't kid-friendly. Overall, the series is on the mature side but still includes positive messages.

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What's the story?

Set in San Francisco, DHARMA AND GREG provides a progressive approach to the age-old \"opposites attract and love conquers all\" formula. Jenna Elfman plays Dharma Finkelstein, a free-spirited dog trainer/yoga instructor raised by hippie parents. Greg Montgomery (Thomas Gibson), brought up in a conservative household, is a practical, Harvard-educated attorney. In the pilot episode, when they pass each other on the subway as children, their eyes lock. Years later, they meet again on the subway, fly to Reno on their first date, and get married. Naturally, wacky high jinks ensue as they -- and their friends and families -- adjust to the whirlwind courtship.

Is it any good?

This fresh exploration of a classic plot line entertains largely thanks to the talent of its two stars. Gibson's straight-man role plays up to Eflman's goofy charm, and together they infused the series with energy and exuberance for six seasons.

Aside from the parents' fairly stereotypical characters and some typical primetime language and sexual innuendo, this is a sweet, warmhearted sitcom that's fine for young teens and up.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the '60s hippie movement and the Vietnam War. How have the politics of people like Dharma and Greg's parents evolved in the decades since then, and what do their views represent today? Is there such a thing as a "soul-mate"? How does that translate in terms of love and relationships?

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