A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this romantic comedy focuses on relationships of various kinds, and contains lots of talk about sex (along with some scenes in lingerie). The primary characters are all positive representations of African American adults. Social drinking (wine, beer) is visible, and the word "damn" is occasionally used. Mature teens should be able to handle most of the content, if they're interested.
What's the story?
LET’S STAY TOGETHER -- BET’s first original scripted comedy series -- centers on love, relationships, and trying to make them work. It stars Nadine Ellis as Stacy Lawrence, a pediatrician who has found love with contractor Charles Whitmore (Bert Belasco). While the newly engaged couple negotiate the rules of their relationship, Lawrence’s younger sister Tasha works on her new marriage with husband Jamal (RonReaco Lee). Meanwhile, Charles’ younger sister Kita (Erica Hubbard) enjoys the single life before she settles down. There’s lots of drama that comes with breaking up and making up, but together they remind each other of the importance of staying together.
Is it any good?
The show features all the silly plotlines and slapstick-type wit that one comes to expect from romantic situation comedies. What sets it apart is that it approaches and articulates the complexity of today’s relationships from a distinctly African-American point of view.
It’s fun and lighthearted, and unlike many comedies, does not rely on cultural stereotypes to make its point. But the subject matter isn’t geared towards young kids. That being said, mature teens will probably be able to smile at, if not relate to, some of what they find here.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the way different cultures are represented on television. What makes a show that is written by and for a network that represents a specific group (racial/ethnic, religious, political, etc.) different from TV shows about similar topics airing on other networks?
How much does race play a part in the stories on the show?
How realistic are the scenarios in the show?