Go On

 
Offbeat comedy deals respectfully with human tragedy.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Go On centers on a group of people coping with tragedy and exploring their emotions to make significant life changes. Some are more enthusiastic about the process than others, but they're all there for a common goal. Themes include overcoming loss, facing new challenges, and developing self-awareness.

Positive role models

Ryan is unapologetically skeptical about the grieving and healing process as it's done in the therapy sessions, but he shows more willingness to try as time goes on. The group as a whole is non-judgmental and supportive, creating a "safe place" for people to share their feelings, and all of the characters embrace some sort of positive change as time goes on.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Nothing physical, but there's mention of adults' sexual activity, including how often they have sex, as well as the topic of infidelity. Discussions about marital and/or intimate relationships -- both opposite sex and same sex.

Language

"F--k" is bleeped, and the speaker's mouth is blurred.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Go On is a sitcom about people coping with grief, so it makes light of emotional experiences like losing a loved one, marital infidelity, and becoming disabled. What's more, the charaters' many personality types are designed to make you laugh at their idiosyncrasies. There's occasional language ("f--k" is bleeped and blurred), as well as a very timely tie-in to the danger of texting behind the wheel -- which might hit home with your own young drivers. The show's willingness to raise and explore real-world emotional issues may also encourage discussions about similar experiences in your family members' lives.

What's the story?

In GO ON, Matthew Perry plays Ryan King, a macho, sharp-tongued radio show host whose reluctance to grieve his wife's recent death leads his boss, Stephen (John Cho), to require that he attend a "life change" therapy group. Ryan arrives on the scene to find a hodgepodge of quirky personality types coping with everything from the loss of a pet to an unfaithful spouse, all under the capable direction of the straight-laced group leader, Lauren (Laura Benanti). Ryan's presence shakes up the quiet circle, much to Lauren's chagrin, but his natural charisma eventually endears him to the others and results in some surprising emotional breakthroughs for everyone involved.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Go On is an offbeat sitcom that takes a fairly realistic look at the ups and downs of life and the human response to tragedy, all through the jaded eyes of its cocky star. Perry is superb as the emotionally impenetrable Ryan, whose natural tendency to withhold his feelings is in hilarious contradiction with many of his more touchy-feely group mates. What's really fun to watch is how this unlikely 12-stepper's nonconformity breaks through to his peers and in turn inspires his own emotional growth.

Of course, this is a comedy, so you can expect that te material invites viewers to find humor in what would be devastating real-life experiences. Happily, there's enough heart and character development along the way to leave a lasting impression. The content is mild enough for most older tweens and teens, and if you watch as a family, you can easily draw on the characters' troubles to talk about issues like coping with change and overcoming tragedy, as well as the evolution of relationships.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about relationships. How do our different backgrounds pose challenges in relating to other people? What common ground contributed to some of your more unlikely friendships? How do strong relationships help us in tough times?

  • Teens: What are some difficult emotional experiences you've had? How can laughter aid in the healing process? What other aspects of your life do you draw on for strength?

  • How successful is Matthew Perry in this role? Are you familiar with his other comedic work? Does knowing an actor in other roles, like Perry's in Friends, make it hard to adjust to their new ones?

TV details

Cast:John Cho, Laura Benanti, Matthew Perry
Network:NBC
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship
TV rating:NR
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 17 years old Written byBigbillyboy August 24, 2012
age 14+
 

The best show to ever hit NBC!

Sure they cuss on this show,and there is sexual activity,but Go On is so funny! It is also very quirky,crazy,mind blowing,and jaw dropping! If I found the host of this show (I can't remeber his name) i'd like to give him a pat on the back.
Adult Written byTimidSoul August 12, 2012
age 11+
 

Breath of Fresh Air

It is very hard to find a good, and actually funny, comedy show these days. Go On makes the search so much easier. It is a brilliant and touching (not to mention funny) show that will appeal to many people, especially those who have gone through a tragedy or therapy.
What other families should know
Great messages
Adult Written bydr dew August 23, 2012
age 11+
 

ha ha hope this show well goes on lol

i was able to catch a sneak previw of ths show a coupel of nights ago and i loved it mat parry is back and better than ever in this hilarious new comedy i think if monitured just right it could even be sutible for a family not sure this was onlly the first show if it keeps ths up we should no prob highly recomended
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Too much sex
Too much swearing

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