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Friday Night Dinner
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
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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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