Lovespring International

Common Sense Media says

Improv dating sitcom misfires; older teens OK.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The leads exhibit poor workplace bahavior -- they're petty, competitive, and dysfunctional. One character has been in an adulterous relationship for 20 years.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

One of the main characters is a lothario, and the show has some sexual innuendo. Two men are caught in a clandestine clinch. The show is set at a dating service, so relationships are a main theme.

Language

Mild cursing, such as "jackass."

Consumerism

Regular mentions of sponsor/real dating Web site PerfectMatch.com.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

In one episode, a late-night work project ends with one of the characters consuming an entire bottle of whisky.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this show takes place in a highly dysfunctional office in which the employees often exhibit poor judgment. One of the female leads has been in a 20-year relationship with a married man; her colleague is a closeted gay man in a loveless marriage.

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What's the story?

In Lifetime's improvisational sitcom LOVESPRING INTERNATIONAL (executive produced by Will & Grace's Eric McCormack, viewers get an inside peek at the goings-on at a Beverly Hills-based dating service. Leading the group is Victoria Ratchford (Jane Lynch, A Mighty Wind, The 40-Year-Old Virgin), who owns Lovespring and rules the office with an iron fist. Joining her are "relationship consultants" Burke Kristopher (Sam Pancake) and Lydia Mayhew (Wendi McLendon-Covey), who compete against each other for Ratchford's attention; slimy psychologist Steve Morris (Jack Plotnick), who uses a touchy-feely approach to soothing the worries of Lovespring's clients; Tiffany Riley Clarke (Jennifer Elise Cox), a ditsy receptionist who has an up-close view of her colleagues' comings and goings; and Alex Odom (Mystro Clark), a videographer who tries to keep his distance from his co-workers.

Is it any good?

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Adult viewers will find the irony laced throughout each improvised episode entertaining; like NBC's The Office, it riffs on the idiosyncracies inherent in many workplaces. But on the other hand, many of the show's jokes are at the expense of the firm's clients, who, because they're too heavy or have too many annoying habits, haven't been able to settle down. What's more, parents might find the personal lives of some of the show's characters objectionable.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about appropriate workplace behavior. Why is it important to do a good job at work (or, for teens, at school)? What should you do when you see colleagues or classmates being dishonest? Families can also talk about dating. Would you ever consider using a dating service to help you find a mate? What criteria are important to you in selecting a boyfriend or girlfriend? Why?

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