A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Lots of discussion about divorce and relationships; highlights some of the challenges newly divorced men face. Shows a mostly positive relationship between Gary and his ex, Allison, though she's often presented as a stereotypically controlling ex-wife, while Gary is the more lenient "fun" dad who's less intuitive. The majority of the cast is Caucasian.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some fairly strong sexual innuendo (some of which will go over the head of young viewers). Adult men and women are seen in bed together, but they're wearing pajamas. Some references to teens making out.
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Mostly mild; words like "slutty," "whore," "hell," and "ass" are used -- but only occasionally.
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Products & Purchases
Tom is encouraged to meet girls in the online teen community Second Life.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer bottles are occasionally visible, and there are references to tequila and other alcoholic beverages; one joke references the kids being "enablers."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the main character in this sitcom is a recently divorced man; some of the show's situations and humor might be hard to watch for families dealing with similar issues of their own. Although Gary gets along with his ex-wife, they do exchange some tense quips. There are also some stereotypical references about ex-wives being controlling and divorced dads being out of touch with their kids' needs. While the language is mild, there's some sexual innuendo (some of which will go over younger viewers' head), at least one subtle reference to inappropriate online relationships, and references to beer and drinking.
Is It Any Good?
Garry Unmarried is an amusing look at some of the challenges that men face when facing life after marriage. Overall, it sends a positive message about how it's possible for ex-spouses to get along with each other and put their children above everything else. That said, the show does fall back on some stereotypes about divorced couple: Allison often comes across as a controlling ex-wife and strict parent, while Gary is presented as the kids' fun, rule-bending father who lacks the intuition to understand his progeny's needs.
Despite these iffy characterizations and sometimes-biting quips between the exes -- plus some innuendo, drinking, and marital tension -- the show offers an optimistic, heartfelt view of one man's life and relationships. Although much of the racier content will go over kids' head, it's still mature enough that it's a more age-appropriate fit for young teens mature enough to handle the material.
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