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Let's Stay Together

Romantic comedy with strong role models; for adults.
  • Network: BET
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2011

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show highlights the importance of being in loving romantic and family relationships and staying together. It tells this story from a distinctly African-American perspective.

Positive role models

The central characters are educated, professional, and successful African-American adults who are working on building and maintaining healthy family relationships.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Contains lots of talk about sex. Men and women wearing sexy nightclothes are shown in and out of bed. The Kamasutra and various sex acts are briefly referenced.

Language

The word "damn" is occasionally used.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine and beer consumption is visible over meals and during social events.

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.

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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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:January 11, 2011
Cast:Bert Belasco, Nadine Ellis, RonReaco Lee
Network:BET
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14

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Kid, 10 years old January 26, 2012

Let's Stay Together

Let's Stay Together is a great romantic comedy. It mostly has to do with relationships. Most kids wouldn't really enjoy it if there are just talking about Love. But, they have new characters like Kyla Pratt. Which makes having more of a younger character get some kids attentions. Ever sense the show came on there is some humor and then mostly deals with relationships and love. So I give it a thumbs in the middle. Some humor and some love.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex