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 In the Long Run is a British comedy about a working class family of African immigrants and their friends and coworkers partially based on the early life of Idris Elba, who also stars. The show is light in spirit, but deals with the misadventures of a main character, newly arrived Valentine, who lives with his brother's family and does irresponsible things (like giving alcohol to his preteen nephew).
What's the story?
Walter Easmon (Idris Elba) receives a letter from his mother, which explains that his brother Valentine (Jimmy Akingbola) is traveling to England to live with Walter and his wife and son. Valentine has a reputation for loving nightlife -- drinking, dating, and DJing -- and tensions naturally erupt between the brothers as Valentine attempts to find his way in his new home.
Is it any good?
Like many British comedies, this immigrant story is a low-key charmer. It doesn't jump out as being particularly funny, but it tells an important story and develops characters that are worth caring about. And those characters are types that don't typically get seen on television; they're immigrants who struggle with mundane but vital aspects of life in England -- work, health, and family. Families who enjoy British TV and are open to a different kind of story might find a solid pick in this series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the idea of setting. When and where does this show take place? How does that period differ from the present? What are the cultural differences between then and now?
Who are the characters that are immigrants? What do you learn about what their experiences as immigrants? What are the positives? The negative?
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