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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The characters have purposely been designed as flawed, self-obssessed, troubled people with big issues, so they don't always make good choices or display exemplary behavior. (In one scene, for example, Hoffman drives after drinking in a bar. In another, a 25-year-old woman complains that she hasn't had sex since she was 19.) But Hoffman genuinely cares about his patients and wants to help them.
Violence & Scariness
One of the patients attempted suicide by jumping out a window.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adult characters have casual sex, and unmarried couples are shown in bed. Some innuendo.
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Relatively mild: "Crap," "suckass," "jackass," "diddling" (as a euphemism for intercourse), etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking, sometimes to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sitcom is about a flawed psychotherapist and his patients, including a young man who attempted suicide and a needy woman who gets too attached to men. The patients' issues (and treatment) form the foundation of each episode and lead to situations and plotlines that aren't always a good fit for young viewers. For example, when the doctor asks his patients to make a connection with someone, one woman jumps into bed with a fellow patient.
Is It Any Good?
Adult viewers will likely find the scenarios in Help Me Help You entertaining and relatable. In one episode, for example, Dr. Hoffman arranges to meet his college-age daughter, Sasha (Lindsay Sloane), and her new boyfriend; when he discovers that the beau is Sasha's psychology professor, he insists that she's dating him as a replacement for her father. Hoffman later drinks too much and accidentally end ups back at home, where he climbs into bed with Anne and her new boyfriend. And the next day, he replaces his sturdy station wagon with a swanky new sports car. But Help Me Help You's laughs are decidedly of the adult variety -- a lot of the humor might go over kids' head, and the stuff that doesn't is probably too edgy for everyone except older teens.
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