A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show highlights the importance of friends and family. But Vanessa is a little "ditzy," and Mark is crazy about the ladies. Dating is a major theme of the show. The cast is African-American.
Violence & Scariness
References to fist fighting, drive-by shootings, and other aggressive behavior -- but these comments are intended to be funny rather than upsetting or violent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mild sexual innuendo that will go over the head of young viewers. Discussions about dates are frequent; Vanessa is known for her endless pursuit of men, and Mark likes to flirt with women. There's some romantic tension between the two.
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Mild; occasionally words like "dang" are used.
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Products & Purchases
Occasional references to popular people/characters of the time, like Barney.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
On rare occasions, wine glasses are visible (usually at a meal).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this hit '90s show started out as an adult-oriented comedy but was toned down to be more family friendly after its first season. There's some mild sexual innuendo, as well as frequent references to things like fist fights and "drive bys" that are intended to be more funny than violent and will most likely go over the head of young viewers. Overall, the show highlights the importance of family and friendship.
Is It Any Good?
The show -- which was originally positioned as an adult-oriented comedy similar to '70s classic Three's Company but became more family targeted in later seasons -- showcases Curry's brand of humor and features lots of slapstick comedy. But beneath the silliness (especially in later seasons) is a strong message about the importance of friendship and the value of being supported by an extended family. It also highlights the importance of returning to your community and mentoring kids.
It's all pretty mild, but there is some subtle sexual innuendo, usually related to dating and romantic tensions between some of the main characters. Some of the jokes also include humorous references to violent behavior, including fights and drive bys. But much of this will most likely go over the head of younger viewers, and it's generally overshadowed by the show's overall positive message,making Hangin' with Mr. Cooper a decent viewing choice for older tweens and teens.
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