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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.
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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?