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Parents' Guide to

Doll & Em

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Real-life besties poke dry fun at fame and friendship.

TV HBO Comedy 2014
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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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