A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Married is a mature black comedy about the pitfalls of matrimony with coarse sexual banter (phrases such as "suck my junk," "finger myself"), unbleeped language (think "s--t" and "ass"), drinking, and drug use (including cocaine). Sex is simulated but can be suggestive, with implied masturbation, scantily clad women in lingerie, and the like. Characters also make jokes about everything from incest and miscarriage to infidelity and choking a prostitute.
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What's the story?
Lina (Judy Greer) and Russ Bowman (Nat Faxon) have been MARRIED for a long time. So long, in fact, that they have three kids, mounting debts -- and practically no sex life to speak of. But as they work their way through the slump with help from friends AJ (Brett Gelman), Jess (Jenny Slate), and Bernie (John Hodgman), they keep coming back to the fact that they're still in love.
Is it any good?
Family viewing it isn't. But Married might be the perfect match for mature viewers who have a soft spot for darkly crude humor and can take their main characters' motivations with a grain of salt. The series also puts a welcome spin on relationship comedy clichés and mines much-needed laughs from the flip side of marital bliss.
Greer and Faxon's chemistry is great -- in spite of the fact that their characters aren't supposed to have any in the bedroom. But their best friends (played by seasoned comedians Gelman, Slate, and Hodgman) are even better at doling out some of the worst relationship advice possible, particularly Slate, whose over-the-top Jess is the kind of friend you'd never want one of your kids to have.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Married's take on married life and whether it's positive, negative, or somewhere in between. Are Lina and Russ representative of the average American couple? Who's the show's target audience, and how can you tell?
Are Married's main characters meant to be role models? Does the show make marriage look appealing, or is it more of a cautionary tale?
How does Married compare to other TV comedies about married people? To what extent does it break new ground in relationship-comedy territory?
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