A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This light comedy is about the importance of both individuality and family.
Positive Role Models
At its heart, the show is about immigration and acclimation. Its characters are flawed but human.
Violence & Scariness
Some light violence that is mostly played for laughs; for example, older kids shake down younger kids for money.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex is discussed frequently in complex and mature ways, but it is not shown.
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Profanity includes "bastard," "s--t," "damn," etc.
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Products & Purchases
There's some parody of consumerism -- ie, the show takes place in the mid-80s and some characters discover a microwave for the first time.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking is constant, and a preteen is given alcohol multiple times.
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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).
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.
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