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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Extraordinary is an amusing teen comedy about a young woman, Jen (Máiréad Tyers), who's living in a world where everyone has a superpower except her. The show is pretty edgy and mature; language is frequent and includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "c--k," and a pet is named "Jizzlord." There are lots of sex jokes and sexual content; characters are shown in bed after sex, one hero's power is creating orgasms with his touch, and a character says they're masturbating in order to avoid someone. A man's naked buttocks are shown. Drugs and alcohol are also present including a character rolling a blunt. Characters drink with dinner and later to excess, one drinking from the bottle.
Extraordinary is extraordinarily funny and unique.
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What's the Story?
In a world where superheroes can live out in the open, everyone gets a special power at 18…that is, everyone but Jen (Máiréad Tyers, Belfast). In the meantime, she works at costume shop Party Hamlet and lives with her roommates in a run-down London neighborhood. Not every hero has an amazing skill -- some can turn invisible and time travel, but others can turn anything (yes, anything) into a PDF or create 3D sculptures with their butts. At 24, an impatient Jen is determined to find her own power, whatever it may be. Will a trip to the Discovery Clinic help her, or will she have to DIY the process?
Is It Any Good?
Wildly entertaining hijinks ensue in this silly-smart comedy that makes excellent use of its premise. Extraordinary is a treat for fans of irreverent superhero stuff; it's a spicy romp through a world that's utter fun to explore. Hilarious twists include the fact that powers don't seem to actually improve anyone's lives; even Kash, who has the supercool power of time travel, is still perennially unemployed.
The cast is excellent, including Siobhán McSweeney, who played the bone-dry Sister Michael on the similarly vibed Derry Girls -- she brings her trademark delivery to play Jen's insensitive mother. But it's not all goofy chaos; Jen has a tender relationship with her father, who advises her from beyond the grave. This series offers a fresh, cheeky take on an often repetitive genre.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the premise of this show. What superpower would you like to have? Do you think it would make you more successful? Why or why not?
How does Jen's difference make her feel left out? Have you ever felt left out of a group?
Jen's friend group is always helpful and supportive when she needs them. How do your friends make you feel?
- Premiere date: January 25, 2023
- Cast: Máiréad Tyers, Siobhán McSweeney, Sofia Oxenham
- Network: Hulu
- Genre: Comedy
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: January 26, 2023
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