A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Loyal friendship and family ties are praised explicitly, but the messages are undercut by the way everyone but the two leads are presented as ridiculous. Elderly people, women, the overweight, and others are mocked.
Positive Role Models
Characters have jobs, loved ones, and stable lives, but they act like unrealistic, mugging sitcom characters.
Violence & Scariness
Fantasy sequences can feature light violence, such as one character punching another for flirting with his girlfriend.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting, dating, kissing; off-color references to body parts, prostitution; consequence-free casual sex.
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"Crappy" and "sucks." References to genitals ("junk"), body parts ("boobs"), and prostitutes ("hookers").
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Products & Purchases
References to real-life celebrities.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink to heal from emotional blows. A reference to "scoring weed." Scenes take place in bars with characters drinking cocktails.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kevin from Work is a workplace comedy about a man who reveals his romantic feelings for his female coworker. There's no nudity, cursing, or drug use; however, the humor is fairly naughty. Characters date, flirt, kiss passionately, and engage in (offscreen) casual sex. People drink at social events and to calm down after an emotional blow. Most offensive: Many characters are presented as unattractive and worthy of mockery, especially women. Assorted other cheap, troubling jokes make this sitcom an iffy bet for teens and a no-no for impressionable kids.
Is It Any Good?
The setup is inoffensive enough, and unrequited love is a comedy staple, but this comedy loses points by making its secondary characters the butt of mean jokes and inviting the audience to laugh. It's funny that Audrey's roommate is attracted to Kevin, see, both because she has a larger body type and is a woman of color. Such a woman could NEVER be the romantic lead, right? So it's funny! Let's all laugh as she demands 100-calorie brownie-bites packages post-sex and sighs "I think I love him!" after Kevin has exited her apartment so quickly that he's still in his boxer shorts. Kevin's sister? She's sexually voracious! It's hilarious that she tells her brother to hang on while they're on the phone because she wishes to flash her breasts to a fellow driver -- hey, tell the kids to cover their eyes!
Ugh. The viewer is invited to mock all these sitcom stereotypes. The chunky coworker. The sexually voracious boss. The lunkhead gymbot best friend. Ugh, ugh, and more ugh. At the same time, leads Kevin and Audrey are presented as relatable and loveable, even though they're about as bland as two sitcom leads could ever hope to be and generate about as much fizz as a flat soda. This rancid comedy has the look and feel of something funny, without the laughs.
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