Episodes

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Smart, adult-oriented Hollywood spoof with strong language.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

The overall feel is that of a black comedy; morals and principles are typically shucked in favor of schmoozing and making money, although those choices don't tend to pay off for everyone concerned. The entertainment world is alternately fabulous and ridiculous, and fame is portayed as fleeting. 

Positive role models & representations

Most characters make significant compromises in favor of fame when it comes to their principles, although the show subtly hints at the hollowness that results.

Violence
Sex

Some implied sex, intramarital affairs, and references to "wanking" and extra-large male genetalia, with a woman occasionally shown in a bra, etc.

Language

Unbleeped swearing of varying frequency, with audible words like "s--t," "f--k," "c--t," "c--ksucker," "bastard," "ass," and "twat."

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Infrequent social drinking, plus references to one character's alcoholism. One of the tween actors smokes, but it's meant to be funny.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this subtly paced comedy is aimed at adults, although most older teens can handle the content, particularly when it comes to lessons about principles, fame and the creation of art. There's some unbleeped swearing that's often uttered in streams, with audible words like "f--k," "s--t," "bastard," and even "c--t." There's also some sexual innuendo and social drinking, in addition to an ongoing joke about a tween smoking cigarettes.

User Reviews

Adult Written byez A. December 11, 2016
Adult Written bySadman May 8, 2018

More sexual content than the review suggests

Obviously reviewers can't be expected to watch every single episode of a show, but occasionally this results in an under-representation of the content. Th... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byTvAlex February 3, 2011
Teen, 13 years old Written byMylifeisan80scomedy October 18, 2017

Very funny, pretty edgy

Episodes is a hilarious sitcom which seems to believe that it relies on very strong language and sex references in order to be funny, it doesn’t. The language... Continue reading

What's the story?

Fresh from raking in accolades for their hit Britcom Lyman's Boys -- a nuanced comedy about a portly headmaster (Richard Griffiths) and his daily dealings with staff and students -- married writers Beverly and Sean Lincoln (Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan) agree to move to Los Angeles and adapt the show for American television. But their modest hopes for mainstream success are shattered through a disheartening series of EPISODES when the network president (John Pankow) and his cronies decide to cast former Friends star Matt LeBlanc (Matt LeBlanc) as a hockey coach and rename the show Pucks!

Is it any good?

When you get wind of a series that's built around Matt LeBlanc -- the guy we all know as the catch-phrasing Joey "How YOU doin'?" Tribbiani -- it immediately conjures up bad memories of Lost In Space. Or Joey. But dare we say this Showtime dramedy is the best thing LeBlanc's done to date? Fans crowed for his broad antics on Friends. But by parodying his own career on Episodes and playing a fictionalized version of himself, he's funnier than ever before.

Greig and Mangan ground the story and turn in winning performances as the series' befuddled Brits, and the rest of the casting is spot-on. But the show's shrewd handling of the insidious relationship between British and American television -- and Hollywood's unabashed more-is-more approach to comedy -- is even more entertaining.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fame and what it means to be a celebrity in American culture. What does it take to be successful in the entertainment business? If you had your own chance to be rich and famous, where would you draw the line?

  • What are the major differences between television series that air in the United States and Britain, at least according to the show's writers? Which do you prefer? Is British humor really that much different than American comedy?

  • How close does the series get to the realities of Hollywood, particularly when it comes to the creation -- and occasional destruction -- of art?

TV details

For kids who love edgy comedy

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