A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kate and Allie are best friends who rely on each other as they rebuild their lives after their divorces; with their children, they form a strong family unit. There are some discussions of unfaithful and unstable partners, but usually within the context of the women becoming empowered. The cast is Caucasian; one episode features Kate dating an African American.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teen and adult dating, including some kissing and making out. Mild references to infidelity and sexual behavior, most of which will go over younger viewers' head. Some episodes include lesbian relationships as part of the storyline (Kate and Allie's landlady is gay; Kate and Allie at one point pretend to be gay so that their rent won't go up).
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Products & Purchases
Occasional references to film or TV stars (like Paul Newman). Jennie, an aspiring singer, occasionally sings popular '80s music.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking, wine, and hard liquor are occasionally visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this hit '80s sitcom -- which follows two best friends who combine households after getting divorced -- highlights some of the tricky issues that arise as a result of divorce and blending families together. Teen and adult characters date (though kissing is about as "graphic" as it gets), and there's some mild (especially by today's standards) sexual innuendo that will likely go over younger viewers' heads. Some episodes include discussion of topics like infidelity, and the show in general looks at the changing roles of women in society.
Is It Any Good?
Life as a blended family isn't always smooth for the free-spirited Kate and the more straitlaced Allie. But the women rely on their strong friendship to get them through the tough times while they focus on building happy lives. Together they struggle with achieving financial security, raising their kids, and facing their fears about dating and starting new romantic relationships.
Along with issues related to divorce, single parenthood, and non-traditional families, the series also focuses on the transition of women's roles during the '80s. Allie evaluates her sense of self-worth after surviving a marriage with a cheating husband, while the more-confident Kate strives for respect and gender equality in the workplace. The best part is that even with all those heavy topics in play, the show is still lighthearted and fun (though later episodes include major lifestyle changes for the gang that fail to capture the show's original spirit). It successfully captures some of the major issues faced by aging female (and some male) Baby Boomers in the mid-'80s.
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