A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Most characters are in deepening psychological trouble; how they deal with it is a provocative theme.
Positive Role Models
Characters try to cope, but turn to drugs, unhealthy relationships, etc. when things get tough.
Violence & Scariness
Bloody suicide; homicidal attacks by psychotic patients; fistfights.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex, which takes place frequently, is depicted both as healthy intimacy and indulgent debauchery.
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Foul mouths run rampant ("motherf---er," "c--t," "ass-wipe," ethnic slurs, more).
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Products & Purchases
A major theme is that money doesn't buy happiness.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drugs (of all kinds) and drinking (a lot of it) in every episode.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Huff is edgy and interesting, but not for kids. The characters are all experiencing deep traumas: mental illness, addictions, marriage gone awry, cancer, suicide, human euthanasia, you name it. A major ongoing theme involves how people cope (or don't cope) with their personal pain. Some characters use prescribed drugs, while others use street drugs; some drink socially, while others drink to anesthetize themselves; some rely on healthy intimate relationships, while others have dangerously random encounters; some "dialogue" endlessly, while others won't; and some reach for help, while others fend it off.
Is It Any Good?
Huff is rich with brilliantly drawn characters, provocative themes, and sharp writing. A stellar ensemble cast and outstanding guest stars (such as Lara Flynn Boyle, Anjelica Houston, and Sharon Stone) deliver extraordinary performances. For adults prepared to cope with its complicated themes and characters, this is a show well worth watching.
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