A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Women are present and in positions of power; characters try their best in complicated situations.
Positive Role Models
Characters are realistic but kindly intentioned; they make mistakes but are also tender with each other.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to sex and sex scenes, usually comical. A man enters into a ménage à trois with two young women who turn out to be sisters; all three are naked from the waist up.
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One character curses constantly: "What the f--k?" "This is total s--t." Women are called "bitch."
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Products & Purchases
Many, many references to brands, including logos (Apple). Characters talk frequently about real movies: Goodfellas, Sweet Home Alabama. Movie excerpts appear on-screen (Splash).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink, smoke cigarettes, and smoke marijuana on-screen. Recovery is a theme.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Love is a show about a group of 30-somethings in Los Angeles dealing with life's foibles and the possibilities of romance (hence the title). Characters smoke marijuana on-screen, casually "waking and baking." They also smoke and drink at parties and clubs and act sloppy. Many jokes about and references to sex; a man enters into a sexual situation with two women who turn out to be sisters, and all are naked from the waist up. A woman has sex with a man in the mistaken belief he would fire her otherwise. Expect cursing, including near-nonstop swears from one character, including "f--k," "s--t," and "bitch."
Is It Any Good?
Rambling, clever, and populated by realistic and charming characters, this story takes its time getting somewhere, but patient viewers will find the journey worth it. Cocreated by Judd Apatow and Leslie Arfin (Girls), this series bears the stamp of each: profane and pitch-perfect conversations about oral sex, whose job it is to hose bird poop off the patio furniture before the guests arrive, and whether Toy Story 3 and Cars indicate that Pixar has lost its touch are absorbing to watch, even if they don't advance the plot briskly. Who needs that, anyway? The basis of the plot is the old "will they or won't they?" but the question actually seems superfluous when it's this much fun to watch them just going about their daily lives.
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