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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show highlights the importance of family and the need to support family members in need. The show also presents a woman as the strength behind the family and as the authority figure. References to extramarital romance are occasionally made but are treated as negative behavior. Mama has a tendency to belittle her family members (even though she clearly cares about them).
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirtation, some spoken innuendo, and mild references to sexual behavior. Naomi sometimes uses her feminine wiles to get her way.
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Characters frequently toss sharp insults at each other, but they don't swear.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional references to alcohol, including beer and homemade alcoholic beverages.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series highlights the importance of family and supporting family members, despite the their eccentricities. Thelma Harper is a strong, caring woman, but she continually offers sarcastic insults to those who displease her (which may be funny but isn't the best example). Parents also need to know that the show sometimes tackles adult situations, including extramarital love interests (often prompted by Iola's constant flirtations with Vinton).
Is It Any Good?
While Thelma's house is small, she never turns away those who need a place to stay. In turn, however, family members must cope with a blue-haired, sharp-tongued, hot-tempered, support-hose-and-glasses-wearing widow who doesn't hesitate to air her opinions (which often take the form of insults) about each of them. But despite her biting words, Thelma is committed to her relatives and friends and clearly represents the idea that people's strength and support comes from their family, no matter how zany or dysfunctional it is.
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