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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Female friendship -- and its potential complexities -- is the overarching theme, and it's explored in an absurdist but ultimately realistic way.
Positive Role Models
Doll and Em aren't perfect, and both make their share of bad choices. But there's an underlying truth to their friendship that's real and genuinely complex.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual situations (including kissing) but no nudity. Intercourse is implied but isn't shown on-screen.
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"S--t" and "f--k" are audible.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking, recreational drug use (smoking pot).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Doll & Em includes unbleeped swearing (often "f--k" but also "s--t" and other colorful descriptors) along with some social drinking and recreational drug use in the form of pot. Some scenes veer into sexually charged territory, but there's no nudity, only some light kissing and flirtation with implied intercourse.
Is It Any Good?
With its bone-dry wit and quiet focus on a complex friendship between two grown women, Doll & Em isn't likely to appeal to young viewers -- and, to be fair, it probably wasn't meant to. But this ultimately watchable series created by real-life best friends Mortimer (a British actress recognizable for her roles in movies such as Hugo and TV shows such as The Newsroom) and Wells (a lesser-known British actress who's not actually Mortimer's assistant) may well ring true for adult moms and their friends.
One reason is the show's believability in spite of its occasional absurdity, which likely stems from the actresses' off-camera bond. True, they're playing exaggerated versions of themselves, but their thoughtful take on the complications of female friendship -- in which women can somehow compete with and complete one another -- feels very real indeed.
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