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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some implied sex, intramarital affairs, and references to "wanking" and extra-large male genetalia, with a woman occasionally shown in a bra, etc.
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Unbleeped swearing of varying frequency, with audible words like "s--t," "f--k," "c--t," "c--ksucker," "bastard," "ass," and "twat."
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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.
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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.
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.
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