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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kevin (Probably) Saves the World is about a man tasked by a messenger from God with saving humanity from a terrible fate. The show has strong spiritual themes and messages, including redemption, heaven, and life after death. Characters who have made mistakes attempt to redeem themselves with their current actions, a positive message that's undercut by the cheesiness of the supernatural setup. The show's mature content is mild: single characters flirt, date, and kiss; there are brief references to sex and drug use ("weed"); and language is infrequent: "hell," "ass," "sluts," "heck." Violence is mostly cartoonish; for example, a man is hit by a swinging car door and falls to the ground with a goofy expression. But a main character made a suicide attempt, and it is referred to several times.
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What's the story?
The titular hero of KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD, Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter) hasn't always been the best guy. He's been clueless and selfish, and he let his relationship with his twin sister, Amy (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), decay, even after Amy's husband died and she needed him desperately. But now he's hit bottom emotionally and needs to retreat to his childhood home in Texas to crash with Amy and his sullen teen niece, Reese (Chloe East). But after a series of fantastic events occur, including dozens of mysterious meteorites hitting the earth and the sudden appearance of Yvette (Kimberly Hébert Gregory), a messenger from God with a message for Kevin, it looks as if he finally has the one thing he needed all along: hope.
Is it any good?
The Touched by an Angel-esque setup is pretty hokey, and the show's tone is a bit scattered between sweet drama and sci-fi thriller, but ultra-charming actors put this one over. Jason Ritter and Kimberly Hébert Gregory are sympathetic and relatable enough to bring audiences (really) willing to suspend their disbelief on this journey of redemption, and audiences can expect this drama to quickly settle into a comfy "crisis and new character of the week" groove.
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World is not without problems, though, chief amongst them Gregory being stuck in the regressive role of an African-American woman who comes to earth to help a white guy out with his problems. Sigh. In addition, the show hits every one of those "average person visited by a heavenly presence" beats. No one else can see the angel? Check. She has to save him from death in order for him to believe? Check. Our Hero is the only one on earth who can accomplish this crucial task? Check. It's cheesy, but if that doesn't bother you, this is unchallenging whole-family viewing that occasionally meanders into inspirational territory.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the struggles that characters in Kevin (Probably) Saves the World face in each episode and -- when applicable -- relate them to their own lives. What emotional challenges weighed on the characters? How did they try to cope on their own? How did Kevin help them?
Parents can also use this show to discuss spirituality. What are your family's religious beliefs? How do other religions differ in faith and practice? Do you believe there are angels among us? What other ways have religion and faith been portrayed on TV? How do the media treat religion and faith in general?
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