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TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Language, mature humor in gentle fish out of water comedy.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

The tone of this show is gentle and thoughtful. Humor is kind-hearted and emerges from characters' foibles but doesn't punch down. Themes of courage and gratitude are visible in the way the series champions underdogs and underlines the bonds between its characters. 

Positive Role Models

Sami is a kind-hearted man, who displays numerous positive character traits, including optimism, courage, perseverance, compassion, humility, and gratitude. He works hard to begin a new life, at a great personal cost. Katy is a thoughtful and compassionate woman who wants to help. Peter is a bit more suspicious and threatened, but ultimately comes through in crises. John is an argumentative adolescent but has deep love for his mother as well as grudging respect for Peter and admiration for Sami. 

Violence

Violence is occasional and bound up in the show's narrative, like a scene in which John punches another student after he plays a trick on his mom. 

Sex

Characters hug and kiss. Jokes may veer towards the mature, like when Katy says that puberty is "three years of Pornhub and silence."

Language

Cursing includes "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "son of a bitch." Language often has an English flavor: "piss off," "balls" (the male body part) "twat" (meaning a jerk).

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking, but no one acts drunk. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Home is a British comedy about an English blended family who are surprised to find a Syrian refugee has hidden himself in the trunk of their car in order to flee his country. The show's tone is humorous but gentle and thoughtful; characters are realistic and sometimes irritated with each other, yet they have strong bonds and are kind-hearted. Humor is mocking but not bitter or cynical; jokes can be mature, like when a character says that going through puberty means "three years of Pornhub and silence." Violence is rare and not intense -- two teens get in a scuffle after one plays a trick on the other's mom. Sami, the man who has emigrated to England, is a strongly positive character: kind, optimistic, courageous, compassionate. He's treated with respect and dignity by English officials who provide him asylum, and he's also given friendship and kindness by the family who unwittingly helped him enter the country. Characters drink socially but no one acts drunk. Language includes "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "son of a bitch," and occasionally vulgar English slang like "piss off" and "twat." 

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What's the story?

Newish couple Peter (Rufus Jones) and Katy (Rebekah Staton) are on their way back HOME from their first holiday together with Katy's son John (Oaklee Pedergast) when they get a surprise: Syrian refugee Sami (Youssef Kerkour) hiding in the trunk of their car. Nonplussed by Sami's appearance, Peter and Katy immediately get the police mixed up in Sami's situation. Before too long, he's an official refugee seeking asylum in England, trying to make himself a new life in his new country and looking for the wife and child from whom he's been separated. 

Is it any good?

Warm, lovely, and studded with quietly brilliant jokes, this British import about a Syrian refugee making a new home in Dorking, England is a welcome surprise. Written by Rufus Jones, who also stars as bumbling but sweet Peter, Home is the rarest of TV animals -- a genuinely funny show that derives its humor from lovable characters (along with potshots at English life). Sami, Peter, John, and Katy emerge immediately as very particular people, not types, with the outlines of their lives sketched in Home's first episode. Peter, who described himself in the dating profile that attracted Katy to him as an "English rose in need of a tender gardener," is buck wild over Katy. He's moved into the house she shares with adolescent son John, who views Peter as an interloper first and an imbecile second. Katy isn't sure her son is totally wrong, though she likes Peter enough to take a chance. 

Their lives are upended by the arrival of Sami, who's fled his life and school teaching job in civil war-torn Syria, as well as being separated from his wife and son. He's quickly accepted (remarkably so from an American point of view) as a refugee, and his attempts to fit himself into daily English life are a rich source of Home's comedy, like in one scene in which Sami tries to prove to Dorking's police force that he's a local by taking a big spoonful of Marmite -- which gives him away immediately as a newbie. Peter is suspicious of Sami; he could be a terrorist, or have Ebola. But as Sami worms his way into Peter's heart, just as this show will with viewers who appreciate cozy, character-driven shows that don't punch down. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about "fish out of water" comedies, a style exemplified by shows like Home. What does the term "fish out of water" mean? How do these comedies derive their humor? What's being satirized in these types of shows or movies? 

  • What are some of Sami's defining character traits? How do other characters respond to his optimism? Sami is portrayed as a very positive person, but does he also possess any character flaws? What are some of the cultural differences he encounters in England? How does he adapt to his new home? What does he like/dislike about England versus his home in Syria?

  • Home is a series made in England. Is the humor in this show different from an American sitcom? If so, how? How is English humor typically different from American humor? If you are American, were there any jokes or situations that surprised you? What did that teach you about your own country? 

  • How do Sami, Peter, John, and Katy show compassion and gratitude? Why are these important character strengths? Do you consider any of the characters role models?

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