Parents' Guide to

Friday Night Dinner

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Quirky family peppers weekly meals with salty expletives.

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age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 12+

Great show and everything you need to know

A great show with funny characters, relatable family dynamics and hilarious dialogue, with a bizarre sense of humour. - There is a prominent use of strong language, such as ‘sh*t’, ‘b**tard’, ‘f*ck’, and many insults using similar profanity. No slurs or derogatory language. - For violence, characters are often shown slapping or hurling things at each other, but there’s nothing terribly graphic that you would have to cover your eyes to. There’s a lot of pranks as well. - There are various mentions of sex throughout the show, (eg. a character has a conversation about sex mentioning ‘penetration’), but there is absolutely none on screen. It’s to note that characters do kiss and touch each other. - Romance? Yes. In fact, nearly every episode mentions getting a girlfriend or giving advice about romantic partners. Many characters are shown on a date, and many others have crushes. It’s for laughs though. - About nudity, there is no showing of genitals or any nudity intended to be sexual, but characters are shown topless very often. - There is footage of characters drinking wine at dinner and going to a pub. In one episode only, a character is smoking and another character is falsely said to be on drugs. - Occasionally, there are dead people and animals shown, but it’s mostly comedic rather than upsetting or frightening. - I say this is a solid 12+ because of the fact ‘adult’ topics in the show are meant purely for laughs. I think 12 year olds are just about mature enough to accept and understand the jokes. If you think your child is mature enough to be exposed to and understand the content in this media, go for it! It’s a hilarious and seriously entertaining show.
age 10+

So funny and overall a great programme

I watch this programme with my child and she loves it too. I think it is up to the parent if they want their child to watch it since there is a few swear words. Very funny and entertaining. It is something that you can watch over and over again without getting bored. I recommend this to 10+ but it is the parents preference.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (23 ):

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.

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