Happily Divorced

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Some stereotypes in otherwise positive gay-husband comedy.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series is both non-judgmental and accepting of homosexuality. Occasional stereotypes about gay men are referenced; Cesar’s character is also plays up stereotypes about Latino workers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The entire main cast is accepting of Peter after he comes out. Fran and Peter are pursuing their own individual romantic lives, but still care for each other and often behave like a married couple.

Violence

Comical references to killing people, but no real violence ever takes place.

Sex

Homosexuality, dating, and divorce are major themes. Some sexual references (including subtle lines about masturbation), but most will go over the heads of younger viewers. Kissing (between heterosexuals) is visible.

Language

Words like “hell” are sometimes audible.

Consumerism

Contains references to popular bands like Cold Play, TV shows like Glee, popular icons like Suze Orman, and fitness clubs like the Y.M.C.A. and Equinox.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (hard liquor, wine, champagne) is visible over dinner and occasionally during heated exchanges.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that homosexuality, divorce, and dating are major themes in this comedy series. The language is mild ("hell"), and contains occasional sexual references that might go over the heads of younger viewers. Some of the characters and jokes reflect stereotypes about gay men and about Latinos.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDisappointing August 10, 2011

Disappointment

I love Fran so-o-o-o-o much. I watch The Nanny every day, have seen every episode, know every line, love it. But, I am so very disappointed in Happily Divorced... Continue reading
Adult Written bykrutanjali T. May 19, 2017

definitely go for it . krutanjali Thakar

definitely go for it . krutanjali Thakar
Teen, 14 years old Written bydancegirl3697 August 29, 2011

Fran Drescher + The Nanny + Happily Divorced= BIG HIT!

Fran Drescher was a hit on The Nanny, and is a hit once again with Happily Divorced! This is a very funny show. Warning: If you do NOT like gays then this is no... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byWyattopia July 16, 2011

Great great show, kids could handle it.

I think this show is great. I love Fran Drescher, I sad though that I missed The Nanny generation. That's OK, I catch the reruns on Nick at Nite and TV Lan... Continue reading

What's the story?

HAPPILY DIVORCED is a comedy starring Fran Drescher as Fran, a Los Angeles florist who learns that her realtor husband of 18 years (John Michael Higgins) is gay. Despite their subsequent divorce they continue to live together and care for each other while re-entering the dating scene. Sometimes the arrangement gets a little crazy, but luckily she has her quirky but loving parents Dori (Rita Moreno) and Glen (Robert Walden), and best friend Judi (Tichina Arnold) to help her through it. Cesar (Valente Rodriguez), Fran’s flower deliverer, also enters the fray.

Is it any good?

The series, which is inspired by Drescher’s life, takes a lighthearted look at how one’s late acknowledgement of his/her sexuality changes the dynamics of a long-standing and close relationship. It also shows how complicated it can get when a formerly married couple holds on to their close friendship while simultaneously attempting to move on with their lives.

The show presents the need to come out and other issues pertaining to homosexuality in a way that is accepting and non-judgmental. Like most comedies of this type, it also relies on a fair share of stereotypes for a quick laugh. But there is a genuine kindness to this show that makes it upbeat and positive, as well as entertaining.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way the media portrays gay, lesbian, and transgendered people. What are some of the existing media stereotypes about members of these communities? Where do these stereotypes come from?  How has the media changed the way these communities have been portrayed over time?

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For kids who love laughs

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