A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Main character, though drifting through life, is looking for something more.
Positive Role Models
Both Dud and Ernie are willing to show their vulnerability and express feelings of loss and disappointment.
Violence & Scariness
A character gets punched in the face.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to oral sex.
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"Damn," "hell," "s--t," "p---y," "t-ts."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character works at a cannabis dispensary; adults drink at a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lodge 49 is a quirky dramedy about Dud (Kurt's son Wyatt Russell), an optimistic but down-on-his-luck surfer dude who finds new meaning in life by joining an old-fashioned fraternal order. Fans of The Big Lebowski may see similarities between that film's "The Dude" and this show's Dud, and may enjoy the unique, unhurried vibe of this series. Some references to sex and language that include "damn" and "s--t" keep this from being a whole-family show, but it's good viewing for families with teens who appreciate offbeat storytelling.
Is It Any Good?
With its unique premise and laid-back energy, this series leaves an indelible impression on the viewer. The character of Dud could have been played as a complete blissed-out surfer cliché, but the writers and Russell imbue him with a balance of optimism, sadness, and defiance, so the audience is never sure what this guy is going to do in a given situation. And it's that unpredictability that gives depth to what in less adventurous hands would be a one-dimensional character. Lodge 49 sets up a loss and redemption story: Dud turns to the lodge to help him move on after the death of his father. What's refreshing is how wonderfully human the stakes are.
This is not redemption through grand romance or revenge. It's about regular people making connections with other regular people and celebrating how beautifully fulfilling that can be. In a television landscape overstocked with righteous cops, crusading lawyers, genius doctors, and bigger-than-life superheroes, it's a welcome respite to encounter a world populated by characters with ordinary problems and realistic aspirations.
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