Parents' Guide to

I Love Dick

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Mature look at a woman's sexual and artistic liberation.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Reviewer didn’t add female nudity to review

Not surprisingly, the reviewer failed to mention that in an episode, one of the actresses goes full frontal nude (visible breasts and very trimmed vulva in full view) for several seconds. It’s a miracle that a Hollywood produced TV show actually depicts female genitalia for a change, but this reviewer failed to even mentioned that. I suppose if they were to update this review, it would undoubtedly be given an 18+ rating since reviewers on this site give the highest age rating to films and tv shows with female genitals (including babies) regardless of context, but never, ever do that when it is male genitalia even in sexual contexts.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 18+

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Showrunner Jill Soloway has been vocal about her desire to invent a cinematic language for the "female gaze," and in this smart, subtle, sexy show, she's done it. Chris is messy, arrogant, and pretentious, as well as being fascinating, and erotically enraptured by her husband's new temporary boss in a way women are seldom allowed to be on-screen. Her very first encounter with Dick, in which he rides down the street in Marfa like some type of mythical cowboy, reduces her to stares and blushes, and by the time she's writing her first letter to Dick (excerpts of which open and close the show and are scattered randomly between vignettes), her fantasy vocabulary has expanded to forceful kisses and trysts in restaurant bathrooms.

It's not just the way Chris is depicted that's unusual, though. Soloway and her all-woman band of writers and directors also show Sylvere and Dick in an atypical light. The camera lingers on Dick's lean body; watching, Chris' mouth literally drops open. In contrast, Sylvere's shortcomings are quietly telegraphed -- his prissy suits, his snarky asides, the way he whoops with self-congratulatory pride after ending a sexual "drought" with his wife. I Love Dick is a show with things to say about what women want and what they accept; despite the title's focus on Dick, it's what Chris wants that's really what this series is interested in.

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