A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The pain caused by emotional and sexual betrayal is on full display in this drama, sending a message of compassion.
Positive Role Models
Characters are complicated and layers; they make mistakes and do terrible things to each other, then have to find a way to atone and move on.
Main characters are White and English, but some minor characters are people of color, including a teacher and violinist who's a Black man.
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Violence & Scariness
In one scene, a pregnant woman says she's bleeding and then is rushed to the hospital; we see her being pushed to an operating room in a gurney, and then in a hospital bed, having received bad news.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual infidelity plays a part in this drama; we see one member of a couple reacting with fury and sadness at his partner's betrayal. We hear graphic texts read aloud; what a couple would like to do to each other, including discussing orgasms, body parts, and more.
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Language is frequent: "f--k," "s--t," "hell," as well as English slang like "bollocks."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink, at gatherings, dinners, and bars; no one acts drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mammals is a drama about a married couple whose life is rocked when the husband makes a discovery about his wife. The tone of the story is realistic; characters are flawed, and make many mistakes. Sexual infidelity plays a part in this drama; we hear graphic texts read aloud that refers to orgasms and body parts; we also see a couple kissing passionately. Violent/scary moments are rare, but there's a scene in which a pregnant woman is rushed to a hospital and into an operating room on a gurney. Cursing is casual and frequent: "f--k," "s--t," as well as English slang like "bollocks." Characters drink, including at dinners and pubs, but no one acts drunk.
Is It Any Good?
If you're mainly familiar with James Corden as a showboating karaoke singer on video clips, or an uncanny valley feline from Cats, his subtle, moving performance in this drama is a shock. As a man betrayed by those closest to him, whose life has suddenly swung from enviable to unmoored, he's relatably fragile and edgy, his pain revealed in small moments: a beer left undrunk in front of him at a pub, a vacant stare when everyone around him is laughing and chatting. Indeed, Mammals is a drama that makes a meal out of small moments, whether they're tragic (the phone calls Jamie makes to his family to let them know of a loss) or comic.
English viewers familiar with the stage works of British playwright and film writer/director Jez Butterworth know to expect deft characterizations and layered nuance; those who haven't seen Butterworth's productions may know his voice through his best-known movies: 2014's Edge of Tomorrow and 2015's Spectre, both genre pictures that were much better than expected. Here, Butterworth's writing is unnerving, surprising; characters are disconsolate one moment, full of rage the next, in ways that ring true. You'll want to know what happens to these characters, both in the moments we see played out, and the life it feels like they'll go on living now that this beautiful, emotionally involving TV show is complete.
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