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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Love in the Time of Corona is a romantic comedy-themed fictional miniseries about the lives of different people who are sheltered in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s some strong innuendo, including discussions about having babies, and crude sexual references. Racism is discussed, is is the rebuilding of relationships during difficult times. There’s some occasional cursing ("a--hole", "s--t") and drinking (wine, beer) is frequent. Apple products and Dell computers are prominently shown.
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What's the story?
Co-executive produced by Leslie Odom, Jr., the miniseries LOVE IN THE TIME OF CORONA features four households trying to cope with being sheltered in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Sade (Nicolette Robinson) and James (Leslie Odom, Jr.) consider using the time to have another baby, Paul and Sarah (Gil Bellows and Rya Kihlstedt) are sheltered in their own home trying to support their emotional college-aged daughter Sophie (Ava Bellows) while negotiating their broken marriage. Meanwhile, Oscar (Tommy Dorfman) and his best friend Elle (Rainey Qualley), are spending their time trying to find romance with the help of dating apps. As they try to make the best of it, Nanda (L. Scott Caldwell) is hoping to get her backyard ready for a planned 50th anniversary party without her husband Charles’ (Charlie Robinson) help, since he is in a nursing home battling pneumonia and dementia. The experience is different in each household, but they are somehow connected as they discover new ways to think about family and love.
Is it any good?
This four-part romantic comedy, which was produced during the COVID-19 pandemic (under stringent safety guidelines), offers a combination of lighthearted humor and heartfelt moments. The folks living in each household face their own set of unique challenges, all of which requires a renegotiation of the relationships they have with the folks they are sheltered in place with. In doing so, they learn more about who they are living with, and about themselves.
The chemistry between the cast is strong, in part because of the real-live married couples (and one offspring) who star in it. This helps with the show’s overall intention, which is to paint a positive picture within a very unsettling time that promises no certain ending. Overall, Love in the Time of Corona is a feel-good miniseries that is bright and entertaining.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it’s like to be sheltered in place. What does the cast on Love in the Time of Corona to do fill their time? Do you think it's a realistic portrayal of how real people bide their time?
What are the biggest challenges associated with being forced to stay home and not go anywhere? What are some productive ways to cope with them?
People rely greatly on different types of media to stay connected or to be entertained when they are stuck at home. What are some of the challenges that come with that? What are some of the ways that we can manage our screen time while we’re at home to keep ourselves mentally and physically healthy?
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