A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Promotes family life, albeit from a dark point of view. Class, race, and gender issues are common.
Positive Role Models
Characters are dark versions of average folks with lots of exaggerated foibles like drug use, inappropriate conversations with children, lots of cursing, etc.
Violence & Scariness
Some physical fighting among characters, including occasional scenes of characters slapping each other on the face hard enough to leave light-but-visible marks. A gun is visible but not used or discussed in a positive context.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex scenes and frequent, blunt discussions of various body parts and sexual acts. Nudity, masturbation.
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Frequent use of a wide range of curse words, ranging from "dick" and "ass" to "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Product labels of food items are visible, including Nature Valley Trail Mix, Sun Maid Raisins, Foster Farms Chicken, and Rolling Rock beer. Fast food items include meals and snacks from McDonald's and Cinnabon.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult consumption of alcohol and tobacco clearly visible. Drug use is discussed but not shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series definitely earns its TV-MA rating. Characters use a wide range of swear words, and the show includes nudity, explicit sex scenes, and very mature subject matter. Parents should also know that within the raw subject matter are smaller discussions about more positive themes -- such as gender equality, racial awareness, and the importance of eating healthy. Unfortunately, these topics easily go unnoticed given the series' explicit nature.
Is It Any Good?
The series introduces storylines that center on blunt, often-crass discussions of sex, drugs, and more sex. (Setting the tone for the series, the pilot episode opens with a conversation between Louie and 4-year-old Lucy that includes details about his marijuana smoking.) The dialogue also contains frequent, unambiguous discussions about selling drugs, orgasms, masturbation, and various other sexual acts. The strong sex scenes between Louie and his wife lack any heart or emotion; instead, they're moments in which viewers can literally see their own unpleasant, awkward bedroom moments.
This series isn't about happy endings, being liked, or being polite. It's about pushing the envelope by offering a very raw portrayal of American family life. In doing so, it sometimes gets a few laughs, but mostly it feels like envelope-pushing for envelope-pushing's sake. And it's absolutely not for kids.
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