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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The comedy depicts relatable marital and family issues, from dealing with pressure from work to deciding to have a baby to managing relationships with in-laws. Everything is very upbeat and generally positive.
Positive Role Models
Paul and Jamie are a loving couple with normal relationship ups and downs. They strive to do their best even if they bicker and disagree regularly. Family members are generally supportive but played for laughs. One character is gay. No racial diversity.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Funny, vague references to sex within a committed relationship.
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Occasional "hell" or "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this '90s sitcom (later revived in 2019) about a married couple sometimes includes discussion about adult relationship issues like sex or parenting. But these topics are handled with light humor, and nothing ever gets graphic. When Paul (Paul Reiser) and Jamie (Helen Hunt) fight, things can be a little tense, but it never lasts long. A supporting character is gay, and occasional episodes include accepting-but-awkward discussion of same-sex relationships. One character struggles with psychological issues, including an eating disorder, but these subjects are mostly played for laughs.
Is It Any Good?
While Mad About You is certainly aimed at adults, parents will find very little to worry about if teens choose to watch (though chances are most younger folks will be bored by the adult shenanigans). The Buchmans often model passive-aggressive communication, and Paul plays the childlike half of the couple to Jamie's tsk-tsking grown-up, but otherwise the series' humor is innocuous and charming.
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