Happily Divorced



Some stereotypes in otherwise positive gay-husband comedy.

What parents need to know

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

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.


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


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.


Words like “hell” are sometimes audible.


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.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Fran Drescher, John Michael Higgins, Rita Moreno
Network:TV Land
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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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 not the show for you. However if you dont mind gay people, then this show is just fine. Its just funny, funny, funny. I love it!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
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 Land. Anyway, kids might not get some sexual innuendos about this show. I think the full review is wrong, Caesar has never talked about Latino workers. Yes, the supporting character is gay, but I think homosexuality should be something kids know about.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byDisappointing August 10, 2011


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. It is dull, uninteresting, not funny at all. I can't get used to the new characters, they are not funny at all. The mother and father are boring and the best friend, Judy is sickening and so is Fran's ex on the show. I am so sorry I don't like it, because I love The Nanny so much. Fran, I love you and always will. I just loved every character on The Nanny, it is so funny and entertaining.
What other families should know
Too much sex


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