Friday Night Dinner

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Quirky family peppers weekly meals with salty expletives.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Family dysfunction is a major theme, but the show also promotes regular bonding and togetherness with weekly meals.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Family members aren't perfect, but they love each other enough to regularly spend time together. The brothers have a jokingly adversarial relationship and are constantly playing pranks on each other.

Violence

Light physical comedy, including falls meant to be funny, etc.

Sex

Sexual innuendo/tension; there's a recurring character who fancies his neighbor and makes repeatedly inappropriate attempts to be near her.

Language

Unbleeped usage of "s--t," along with expletives like "c--khead," "pissface," and "bastard."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine during dinner, etc.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this British comedy includes frequent unbleeped swearing in the form of "s--t," "c--kface," and "bastard." There's also light sexual innuendo, with physical comedy and some social drinking.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNathanMcG July 21, 2018

It’s a’ reet

Really depends on the child. I’d say if they’ve been in secondary school for more than 6 months then they’ve probably heard worse than the frequent swearing in... Continue reading
Adult Written byBigboi12 September 16, 2018
Friday night dinner is a hilarious sitcom but there a few things to mention. The violence isn’t a problem as there is little to none in the series is just langu... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 28, 2016

Very funny

it is so funny there is s word and sometimes f words
Teen, 13 years old Written byterminator5002 April 17, 2017

What's the story?

The Goodmans gather weekly for a FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER in their suburban English home, where a simple meal provides the backdrop for high jinks, hilarity, and family dysfunction. The clan consists of man of the house Martin (Paul Ritter), who has a tendency to go without his shirt; mother Jackie (Tamsin Greig), a good cook with a saucy disposition; and grown sons Adam and Jonny (Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal), who keep each other entertained with endless ribbing and practical jokes. Socially awkward neighbor Jim (Mark Heap) stops by regularly too to use the loo -- and get his hands on Jackie.

Is it any good?

Americans accustomed to the zip of Modern Family might find this British comedy a little bland at first. But give the Goodmans a few episodes, and their quirks and eccentricities really start to grow on you, delivering laugh-out-loud moments that transcend cultural differences.

It's tough to say whether American teens will latch on to the show's decidedly British humor. But if they do, it's thanks to the infectious sibling rivalry between brothers Adam and Jonny, who are old enough to know better...but rarely do better. And since one of their favorite pranks involves dumping large quantities of salt into an unattended beverage, you'd best keep an eye on your water glass.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the concept of family dinners. What are the benefits to sitting down to regular meals with your parents and siblings? How often do you and your family eat home-cooked dinners together at the table?

  • How different would the show be if the language were toned down? Would it still be as funny? Why do you think the writers used so much salty talk?

  • How does this show's portrayal of a family in suburban England compare with families on American television? Are there any major differences -- or similarities that surprise you?

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