A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The family means well with their progressive values, but it also appears performative, and the relationships are very dysfunctional.
Positive Role Models
All the siblings have close relationships with each other.
Violence & Scariness
In a dream, a woman claws her face leaving deep, bloody scratches.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Explicit sex scenes between straight and gay couples are shown, various sex acts are discussed, a sex toy is shown and explained in detail, a character frequents a prostitute.
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Numerous variation of "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," "c--k," "blow job;" "a--hole," "bitch," "douche bag," "d--k."
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Products & Purchases
Microsoft computers and Apple iPad devices clearly shown.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Here and Now is a mature drama from HBO depicting the messy lives of a modern dysfunctional family. The show contains marijuana and cocaine use, explicit sex scenes and many frank discussions about sex, mental illness, and racial identity. Mature teens looking to graduate from the feel-good quality of This Is Us to a more acerbic and sexually explicit narrative may be interested in this show. Explicit sex scenes between straight and gay couples are shown, various sex acts are discussed, and a sex toy is shown and explained in detail. Be warned that watching together with your kids may lead to an awkward viewing experience.
Is It Any Good?
A great cast is stalled by stilted dialogue and unfortunate characterizations in the latest from Six Feet Under and True Blood creator Alan Ball. On one hand, Here and Now looks like it wants to be an edgier version of This Is Us, with its roster of multicultural siblings and complex family issues. On the other hand, it seems like the creators don't trust that direction and introduce a metaphysical plot thread that feels out a place in an otherwise reality-bound story.
What's most unfortunate is the script. No character ever sounds like a real person. They proclaim and declare and punctuate, but never just speak to each other like humans. You can practically see the words on the page as the actors voice this unnatural, overly written dialogue. The script especially lets down Holly Hunter, who can be excellent portraying strong yet eccentric characters. Unfortunately, here she's asked to play a character so overbearing and petty that she practically comes across as a villain. It's a thankless, borderline sexist characterization. Hopefully, new layers will be uncovered as the show develops.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.