Parents' Guide to

Less Than Perfect

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Less than perfect for kids, but OK for teens.

TV ABC Comedy 2002
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Applying the familiar sitcom structure to the glamorous world of TV news works reasonably well for this on-again, off-again ABC show, which has had its share of scheduling changes and hiatuses. Jokes are funny but not hilarious, and most of the humor is anything but groundbreaking. The supporting characters, especially, also lack a certain "oomph." Despite its shortcomings, however, Less Than Perfect is an enjoyable way to spend 30 minutes if you've got the time to spare.

The show's strengths lie in its overarching theme of the "little guy" making good (of course, in this case, the "guy" is a hard-working young woman) and its portrayal of success as something that often comes at a cost. In the show's early seasons, the healthy-looking Rue also managed to serve as a positive role model for women, proving that actresses don't have to be a size 2 -- or play extra weight up for comic effect -- to sustain a career in Hollywood. Despite media hoopla about her size, however, Rue slimmed down dramatically later on, sending a subtle message that thin was still very much in.

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