Parents' Guide to

Manhattan Love Story

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Romcom-y sitcom's twist tells inside story of relationships.

TV ABC Comedy 2014
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Manhattan Love Story's shtick isn't entirely new, but it does give this otherwise sappy sitcom a much-needed shot in the arm. It's one thing to know two characters' personalities and histories enough to accept their odd pairing; it's another to hear each one's inner thoughts in real time. While making small talk, Dana wonders whether Peter knows that she's aware he's looking at her boobs, and Peter ponders her fit of tears over dinner, for instance. While the idea of the world being privy to our thoughts might be appalling, it makes for some pretty decent comedy when it's someone else's soul being bared.

For all its prime-time polish and carefully planned trappings, there's also a certain rawness to Peter and Dana's story that's really likable. The show doesn't presume that relationships follow a natural flow from beginning to end (even if other pairings in the story imply that's the case). They're messy, complicated, and a lot of work on both parties' parts, and at least some of that plays out in this story. If your teens watch, it can prompt some discussions about dating and relationships in their lives.

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