A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's protagonist lies his way into his current profession and generally gets away with it, treating people poorly in the process; not a great message to send to viewers.
Positive Role Models
The town may be full of kooky characters, but most are well-meaning and many are open-minded about people who are "different".
Violence & Scariness
Some not-terribly-graphic fighting, verbal descriptions of death and dismemberment (played for laughs), a character is shown falling from a bridge and presumed dead.
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Words like "ass," "bitch," "homo," and "hard-on" are used. S--t, f--king, and c--k are spoken but bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
A few conspicuous car company logos, nothing too over the top.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are seen drinking and smoking pot.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Impastor doesn't bother hiding any of its off-color humor behind a proverbial fig leaf -- this could almost pass for a comedy on FX or Comedy Central, if it weren't for its slightly cheesy TV Land tone. Questions may be raised about religion and sexual orientation as the main character is posing as a gay pastor (but also declares flat out that he doesn't believe in God). There are graphic verbal descriptions of violence from cops and henchmen alike, but most of the onscreen violence is fairly mild stuff. There are drug references, scenes featuring drinking, and no shortage of crude language -- words like ass, bitch, and hard-on are par for the course, while stronger swears are bleeped. A character has sexual relations (not shown) with a cantaloupe.
Is It Any Good?
TV Land is definitely flirting with edgier material than usual with Impastor, and it's mostly a swing and a hit -- with just a few misses. Michael Rosenbaum, Smallville's Lex Luthor, goes Lutheran in this dark comedy. He's clearly relishing the chance to flex his comedic muscles and do something unexpected and it's no wonder: the man spent a decade playing a supervillain. He's a solid talent with a smarmy yet likable charm, but the show does him a disservice at times with humor that's just a little too on-the-nose. Things work best when Impastor backs off the intrusive narration and tacky musical cues and just lets Rosenbaum do his thing. The cast, which also includes Sara Rue (Less Than Perfect, Rules of Engagement, Mircea Monroe (Hart of Dixie), Aimee Garcia (Dexter), and David Rasche (Sledgehammer, Veep) has good chemistry, even if some of the plotlines they get entagled in are a bit over the top.
There's a lot of potential here, as the lead character seems to have an innate talent at helping people in spite of himself, making you root for him even though you should really be repulsed at his often-terrible life choices. If the show can drop some of the more formulaic overtones and let the subversive stuff shine through a bit more, Impastor has the potential to stay afloat just like Noah's Ark.
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