A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters hug and kiss. Jokes may veer towards the mature, like when Katy says that puberty is "three years of Pornhub and silence."
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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).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking, but no one acts drunk.
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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."
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.
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