A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Central characters run the gamut in terms of race, sex, and temperament. And while office villains repeatedly fudge their morality to get ahead, their characters rarely "win."
Violence & Scariness
All "violence" is done in the name of comedy. For example, one character hits another in the head with a lunch tray to gain access to softserve ice cream.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Several one-liners carry a degree of sexual innuendo. One character owns a pair of boxer shorts that clearly depict the rear view of Michelangelo's "David." Another has slept her way to the top of the newsroom power structure, going so far as to marry an anchorman. One episode shows characters having a post-coital conversation.
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Minor swear words are peppered throughout, including "hell," "damn," "crap," and "jackass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional alcohol consumption. In one episode, the heroine does a tequila shot to deal with stress. Another character sips – then guzzles – champagne in the control room during a newscast.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, while the material in this unremarkable-but-OK comedy occasionally hints at sexual themes, characters keep it clean for the most part. They do use low-level curse words like "damn," "hell" and "jackass." Good-hearted heroine Claude provides a positive example of a young woman who is able to advance in the workplace by using her smarts, not her sex appeal.
Is It Any Good?
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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