A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Major themes seem to revolve around being yourself despite societal pressure to do otherwise.
Positive Role Models
Main characters want to do the right thing, even if they don't always take a direct route to get there.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
No depictions of sex, and no direct talk about it, but a ton of sexual innuendo in the form of jokes.
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Products & Purchases
Constant product placement in dialogue, both for sponsors and other CBS shows.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
No smoking or drugs, but a lot of drinking. Characters go out to a club, take shots of liquor. Next day they're extremely hung over and can't remember what happened. One minor character brags about drinking in the mornings and every day.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Happy Together is a sitcom about a couple whose lives are disrupted when young, famous musician Cooper James (Felix Mallard) moves in with them. As a result, they (Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West) try to reconnect with their younger selves, going out to clubs with Cooper, drinking to excess, and doing other things to make themselves feel younger. Meanwhile, Cooper discovers the pleasures of staying home on Saturday nights and watching television in his pajamas. Happy Together is pretty family-friendly, except for its depictions of drinking and the amount of sexual innuendo. As in many network sitcoms, there is a constant stream of product placement.
Is It Any Good?
Wayans and West, who play Jake and Claire, are the type of endearing performers that can elevate mediocre material to something charming and funny. That's a good thing, because outside of those two, Happy Together relies on an incredibly thin premise -- a young celeb moves in with his accountant -- plus an uninteresting supporting cast and a mixed bag of jokes. But Wayans and Stevens bring such charm and gameness to their roles that they're very easy to root for, and can occasionally wring big laughs out of nothing, like their performance of Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" for their outgoing answering machine message.
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