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Free Agents

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Adult-oriented comedy has lots of sexual content, drinking.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series explores the challenges that come with trying to find companionship after the end of a long-term relationship. Some mixed messages about the role of sex in adult relationships. A single woman's willingness to have casual sex is deemed as empowering.

Positive role models

The characters are likable, but they don't always use the best judgment when it comes to drinking, dating, and other life choices.

Violence

Slapstick comedy sequences involve falling, broken glass, and other minor mishaps, none of which cause any real damage. Minor references to gangsters and video clips of a cast member practicing martial arts moves with a sword. One of the main characters is still recovering from her fiance's death.

Sex

Sex and casual sexual encounters are a major theme of the show. Scenes of people partially dressed in bed, discussions about sexual positions and birth control, etc.

Language

Words like "ass," "slut," and "damn" are audible.

Consumerism

References to popular magazines like Self and Marie Claire. Music from groups like ABBA sometimes audible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink wine, beer, and cocktails. Cast members are shown occasionally getting drunk; Helen drinks too much in order to cope with the loss of her fiance. Alcohol is blamed for some unintended sexual encounters.

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.

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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?

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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?

TV details

Premiere date:September 14, 2011
Cast:Anthony Head, Hank Azaria, Kathryn Hahn
Network:NBC
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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