A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Underneath all the wisecracks, the characters on Kirstie champion values like family love and treating others with respect and kindness, but these values can be hard to detect given the level of sitcom-ish absurdity.
Positive Role Models
Alley's character drinks, uses drugs, and is a shallow, vain social climber. Others around her are more stable and positive, but her foibles are played for laughs.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish violence is sometimes played for laughs: A man says he's Alley's long-lost son and she sprays him in the eyes with perfume.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Alley's character is single and interested; expect dating, flirting, and references to intimacy, including casual sex.
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Periodic cursing ("Where the hell are you?"), and rough language related to sex or drugs.
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Products & Purchases
Real-life celebrities are mentioned on the show: Oprah, Angelina Jolie.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many characters smoke and drink onscreen; Alley's Banks asks for drinks to relax and to get ready for work. There are references to other drugs, too, such as marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kirstie is a sitcom starring Kirstie Alley and aimed at middle-aged viewers. Traditional sitcom-style mockery means that many sensitive subjects are played for laughs: parental obligations, casual sex, drugs. Main character Maddie Banks drinks and smokes onscreen and apparently uses drugs offscreen, which are referred to blithely. There is some mild cursing ("damn," "crap"), and some language about sex and body parts. Banks also struggles with eating and her weight; there are many jokes poking fun at her body and what she eats. Teens may find it tough to relate to the show, and parents may not want them to hear the jokes about sex and drugs.
Is It Any Good?
Aimed at the older female demographic who love Alley both for her work on classic comedies like Cheers as well as her outsized personality and tabloid omnipresence, Kirstie leans heavily on the charms of its star. Luckily, the ebullient Alley is up to the task, dispensing self-deprecating wisecracks about her appetites, sexual and otherwise, with seasoned skill. She's fine with being the butt of jokes about corned beef sandwiches and bags of weed that need to be secreted at the airport, and both Perlman and Richards deliver the punchlines nicely.
The goings-on are sitcom-y and hardly fresh: Doors are slammed in faces, spit-takes are dealt out, doughnut fights occur. But the great cast pulls it off, and even cynical watchers may find themselves chuckling mildly. The same viewers who enjoy TV Land's other comedies, particularly Hot in Cleveland, will find this equally appealing.
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