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Parents' Guide to

Life in Pieces

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Slightly raunchy, slightly tired family sitcom has heart.

TV CBS Comedy 2015
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+
age 15+

The show is trash, also full of 14+ content

The sexuality and sketches and language of the show is infuriating. Thans to only for the commercial which is aired during all day we had to have 3 talks with my 8yo nephew as to it is not acceptable to cheer and run around screaming "To tiddies!" And also the abnormal situations and things... I have a black humour, but hell. We had to tell him that sometimes it's ok to think about your funeral or what'll happen when someone dies... But having a funeral party on your birthday just to be there and getting mad is the reason some people in mental asylums. And yeah, he only watched the commercial and the pilot. Also there is only about 2-3 good one liners in the show. The sketches and the characters are terrible (the actors are genius each one but neither of these roles are their true). I usually watch it as they air it between 2 of my favourite shows, but sometimes it's that awkward and not funny that infuriates me to go out to smoke and shop until the next programme starts.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Clever lines delivered by good actors with great timing enliven the proceedings, and the action is mild enough for whole-family watching, but sophisticated viewers will experience a "seen-it" ennui as the Short family's hijinks are rehashed by each member. This is the kind of sitcom where the birth of a child triggers jokes about the new mom's "ruined" vagina and how upset the new dad is about abstaining from sex for six weeks; where a dad who decides to throw his own funeral for his 70th birthday party gets stuck in a coffin, and where a woman who just wants to find a private place for first-date sex is repeatedly mistaken for a prostitute.

It's not that the gag-writing is awful; in fact, these actors are old pros and can deliver zingers with panache. It's just that the plot points are so very sitcommy -- for example, if you see a pool you know someone's falling in it (and probably in a tuxedo). Still, teen and tween viewers may find this amusing enough to want to watch with Mom and Dad, and though it's not all that fresh, it's entertaining enough.

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