What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this mature sitcom has lots of strong sexual banter, including discussions of positions, casual sex, etc. Characters are shown in bed under covers (bare shouldered, no addtional nudity visible). There's also some iffy language ("damn," "ass"). Drinking (wine, beer, cocktails) is frequent; casual sexual encounters are sometimes the result of drinking too much.
What's the story?
FREE AGENTS, a sitcom based on the same-named British series, stars Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn as two single corporate public relations executives who unexpectedly find companionship outside of the office. Newly divorced Alex is struggling to adjust to his life as a middle-aged single man, and Helen can't seem to pull herself together a year after her fiance's death. When a night of drinking leads to an unanticipated hook-up, the two find themselves building an awkward relationship. They try to keep it private from their well-intentioned but nosy co-workers -- including their boss, Stephen (Anthony Head); single guy Dan (Mo Mandel); and geeky Gregg (Al Madrigal), the only married man in the group. Feisty executive assistant Emma (Natasha Leggero) and night security guard Walter (Joe Lo Truglio) are always quick to offer their thoughts and advice, too. While Alex and Helen struggle to define their casual-but-intimate connection, they must also come to terms with the fact that finding love again can be pretty complicated.
Is it any good?
Free Agents explores the trials and tribulations that come with dating and finding companionship after the end of a long-term relationship. It also suggests that casual sexual encounters are way of coping with problems and potentially finding more meaningful relationships.
The characters are likable, and the show has its share of witty moments. But the constant (and often strong) sexual banter is sometimes so overused that the humor falls flat. Ultimately, it's a show that's best left for older viewers.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the way the media depicts sex and relationships. What does the term "casual sex" mean? How does the media define it? Should having sex be presented as a necessary part of starting or being in a relationship?
When is it appropriate for kids or teens to be watching TV shows or films with strong sexual content? Can kids contextualize the sexual jokes in a show like this? What do teens think about the adults' actions in this show?