A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this silly office comedy makes fun of certain elements of being in your 30s, from turning 30 to being the last unmarried person in your group of friends. It probably won't appeal to most kids, although teens who like goofy humor might be interested. The officemates can be nasty to each other, as well as supportive. Stereotypes are probed -- sometimes reinforced, sometimes exploded -- like when a guy's night of Mad Max and poker turns into an elaborate costume party. Words like "slut" and "whore" are used frequently, and there's other occasional profanity and sexual innuendo.
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What's the story?
I HATE MY 30S is a funny look at the emergence of adulthood. Though it looks like an office sitcom, the comedy series is really a parody of one, in which the characters play out certain office archetypes while each episode focuses on a single character's dilemma, from turning the big 3-0 to being the only unmarried person in their group of friends. The series is hosted and narrated by Dr. Rod (Ric Barbera), a warped version of the classic Twilight Zone host. He introduces each episode and appears again at the end to sum up the day's lesson with mock-serious quips like, "While life does indeed suck balls, at least it only gets worse."
Is it any good?
Overall, the series is fun and irreverent, touching on some elements of being thirtysomething that will ring true for a certain demographic. But don't look for complex adult comedy as seen in shows like The Office. This is definitely milder fare.
Some teens might be interested in the sheer goofiness of the material, as well as a twisted look at their futures. Several characters play video games during work hours, painting a mostly unrealistic vision of adulthood, although it might appeal to some younger viewers. But mostly the humor is directed at adults and should probably stay in their realm.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the challenges and pleasures of each stage of life. What's the worst and best thing about being a teenager? About being a young adult? About being a parent? Teens: Where do you see yourself when you're 30? Does this show make you more or less excited to get older? Why?
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