Mad Love

Common Sense Media says

Uninspiring romcom lacks believable love -- and laughs.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This isn't really a "message" kind of show, but there's a slight sense that good relationships are possible if you find the right person.

Positive role models

Characters aren't meant to be exemplary, although the main couple seem to be respectful of one another's feelings and genuinely looking for love.

Violence

Comedic violence, like friends slapping each other, etc.

Sex

Some kissing and light sexual innuendo.

Language

Infrequent use of words like "hell."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking. Some scenes take place in bars, etc.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sitcom targets younger adults who are looking for a romantic relationship -- or may already be in one. That said, the content is tame enough for older teens. There's some light sexual innuendo and kissing, in addition to scant use of words like "hell" and infrequent social drinking and comedic violence.

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What's the story?

Soon after meeting pretty professional Kate Swanson (Sarah Chalke) on the rooftop of the city's tallest building, smitten lawyer Ben Parr (Jason Biggs) is convinced he's in MAD LOVE and has met the woman of his dreams. Too bad Ben's best friend, Larry (Tyler Labine), and Kate's closest pal, Connie (Judy Greer), react to each other like oil and water. As the weeks go on, Ben and Kate get even closer, forcing Larry and Connie into reluctant togetherness.

Is it any good?

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Mad Love has all the elements of romantic comedies that have worked in the past. It's got likable leads and oddball sidekicks, who seem destined to prove that opposites attract ... not to mention a few storytelling elements that feel blatantly borrowed from How I Met Your Mother. But maybe that's part of the reason that Mad Love feels so awfully predictable. There's no freshness, no spark to make it special.

The other missing element, of course, is palpable chemistry between Biggs and Chalke, which is a bit of problem when you're building an entire show around their budding relationship. Labine and Greer play fine as second fiddles, but their comic chops seem largely wasted on weak lines that need a laugh track to be remotely funny -- the only thing here worth getting Mad about.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the portrayal of love and relationships on television. Do TV shows -- especially sitcoms -- tend to make falling in love look easy? How does that compare to finding a romantic partner in real life?

  • What are the benefits of being in a relationship? What are the benefits of being single? Is one better than the other?

  • How does this romcom compare to other shows like it? What traits do they have in common? Does it try to do anything differently?

TV details

Cast:Jason Biggs, Judy Greer, Sarah Chalke
Network:CBS
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG

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Teen, 13 years old Written byImnotateenbutgood September 26, 2012
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not this cr*p!

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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