A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The importance of family is central to the show. Other positive themes like honesty, hard work, and being responsible are also briefly highlighted.
Positive Role Models
Mae Love is very rough around the edges, but she usually knows what she's talking about.
Violence & Scariness
Mae Love occasionally threatens to hit if someone makes her mad, but it never really happens.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contains some discussions about dating, sex, and infidelity. Homosexuality and cross-dressing is also discussed.
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Words like "hell" and "ass" are occasionally audible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tyler Perry's Love Thy Neighbor is a comedy that contains positive messages about family, but also some discussion about sex and relationships that might be too mature for tweens. Expect some iffy words ("hell," "ass"), and references to infidelity and cross-dressing, as well as occasional lighthearted threats to hit, but nothing really happens.
Is It Any Good?
The series offers a television version of Perry's popular character, Madea, through Mae Love, whose strong personality and no-nonsense attitude is designed to help communicate funny -- but teachable -- moments. Some of the family dynamics are also reminiscent of some classic Mama's Family episodes, too. But the plot lines are predictable, and occasionally the comedic timing falls a little flat.
The characters are likable, but outside of Mae, they are woefully underdeveloped, and are more like superficial caricatures than people you want to spend time watching. There's simply not enough focus on Mae to really understand who she is and how she sees the world, either. Nonetheless, folks who like Perry's signature comedy style may find it entertaining.
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