A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Family members are there for each other and loving, even if they generally express their love in a snarky way.
Positive Role Models
Characters are generally recognizable as real, if flawed, people. Parents are present and responsible.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish: One man threatens to kill a romantic rival if he drinks a beer.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Many mature jokes about sex and body parts, consequence-free casual sex, bodily functions.
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"Damn." Some racy language, as when a doctor advises a new mom to freeze gloves and "insert a finger" for relief.
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Products & Purchases
Real celebrities and movies are name-checked.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink beer and cocktails in social situations; no one acts drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Life in Pieces is a sitcom about milestone events in the life of a family, seen from different members' perspectives. The action centers on common family foibles, so this could be a good show to watch with teens (though they'll have to be mature enough for a lot of jokes about body parts, casual sex, bodily functions, virginity, prostitution, and the like). An occasional "damn" is heard. No drugs or smoking here, but characters drink beer and cocktails in social situations; no one acts drunk. Expect flirting, kissing, and dating; characters attempt to have first-date sex in a car, and we see a woman in her underwear.
Is It Any Good?
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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