A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Loyalty to one's friends, coworkers, and neighborhood is stressed. This show has a relaxed feeling, with drama and comedy that doesn't demand a lot of the viewer, and it's set in a world with many different types of characters interacting, all of whom are humanized.
Positive Role Models
Kevin and Dan are young men who are attempting to build adult lives with successful careers and personal relationships; they frequently stumble on the way, but they're well-meaning, relatable, and very supportive of each other. Kevin is a visual artist, an uncommonly portrayed career for a Black character in media. The other people that inhabit their world are diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, age, body type, and many other ways; all are treated with respect by the story, even if their characters are comic.
Violence & Scariness
Violent moments are played for laughs: on a food delivery, Kevin spills a man's cough syrup; he's threatened with a beating if he doesn't pay him back with "two racks" ($2000). The man then pulls a plastic bag over his head and pulls a gun on him. The scene is filmed with a comic slant instead of menace, so it never feels as if there's a real threat.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kevin and Dan are both single and interested; expect romantic complications, flirting, dating, kissing, and references to off-screen sex.
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Language and cursing is frequent and includes "motherf--ker," "f--k," "s--t," "fat ass," "g--dammit," "p---y." Characters call each other the n-word, generally affectionately.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink frequently, such as when Dan returns home to find Kevin guzzling from a bottle of vodka and slurring his words. In another scene, we see that Dan is prescribed Xanax, which he refers to needing on a stressful day.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Flatbush Misdemeanors is a comedy set in Brooklyn, New York about two best friends and roommates trying to make a life for themselves. Some of the show's content is mature, but the overall vibe is relaxed and easygoing. There are some violent scenes played for laughs, as when a mistake making a food delivery lands Kevin in hot water with an unbalanced local man, who threatens him with violence if he isn't paid off. A bag is pulled over Kevin's head and the man carries a gun he points at Kevin; the scene is ultimately resolved in a surreal fashion. Language is frequent: "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "p---y," "dick," and more; Black characters frequently call each other the n-word. Characters are diverse in terms of race, ethicity, body type, age, and more. Drinking is frequent, like when Kevin has had a stressful day and drinks directly from a bottle of vodka; Dan takes prescribed Xanax for stress. Characters are loyal to each other and well-meaning, even if they sometimes stumble, and friendship and neighborhood pride are stressed.
Is It Any Good?
It's a small show, and on the slight side dramatically, but this NYC-set comedy has a loose-limbed charm, an atmospheric setting, and an easygoing vibe that goes down smoothly. New York street scenes are of the principal charms of Flatbush Misdemeanors -- in a world where a cinematic NYC is usually Montreal or Toronto in disguise, this series is filmed entirely in New York, and usually in the Brooklyn neighborhood of the title. The real-life street signs, shop awnings, sidewalk vendors and other local sights lend a gritty, authentic note to the narrative that grounds Dan and Kevin's low-stakes adventures.
Not that "low-stakes" is necessarily a bad thing, but we do watch Kevin and Dan at some decidedly ordinary moments: Kevin delivers food and accidentally knocks over a client's cough syrup, entailing a debt; two girls get into a fight over a belt in Dan's high school classroom; Kevin comes home to the pair's shared apartment to find the couch missing (Dan's stepfather needed to borrow it as seating for a block party). Kevin tries to make an impact in New York's art scene; Dan tries to make an impact with his students. Not much happens, but watching the minor struggles of these likable guys is pleasurable nonetheless.
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