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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although life is complicated for the three middle-aged friends at the center of this drama -- who have plenty of dysfunction and other challenges to deal with -- their bond of friendship is an important lifeline as they muddle through.
Positive Role Models
The three longtime friends are very human, with very human foibles. One has a gambling problem, one seems to have commitment issues and is terminally underemployed, and the third works at his father's auto dealership but chafes under his father's control. They may not be the best role models, but many viewers will probably identify with at least one of them.
Violence & Scariness
Some heated arguments, but no fighting. One character is goaded into a confrontation but backs down before it can become anything more than an uncomfortable situation.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The three main characters, all middle-aged men, talk about sex and sexual situations often, though not usually explicitly. There's some flirting and the occasional suggestion of sexual activity, but no actual sex scenes or nudity.
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A fair amount of swearing, including "s--t," "dick," "boobs," "dildo," and more.
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Products & Purchases
One main character works at a Chevrolet dealership and often mentions car models by name, such as Corvette. Another sometimes mentions his Flomax prescription.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking by adults at parties.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this dramedy -- which focuses on three middle-aged male friends facing various life challenges, both personal and professional -- touches on complex issues like divorce, gambling problems, and family relationships. While not meant for kids, the show's situations will seem very real to adults, and they demonstrate how everyone makes life choices that take them to different places. While some of these paths may look appealing to people who've gone in other directions, the series makes it clear that every choice has pros and cons. Expect strong language (including "s--t"), some drinking, and plenty of talk about sex (but not too much on-screen action).
Is It Any Good?
The men in MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE all seem very real, and the show's strength lies in situations that seem like they could happen to anyone. There's no outrageous drama here -- just regular people trying to get through life. Viewers looking for simple escapism won't find it, but they probably will find characters who will seen familiar to anyone who's ever wondered whether the grass really is greener at their neighbor's house. Joe and Owen may be slightly jealous of Terry's string of young girlfriends, for example, but it seems like Terry's starting to wonder whether he's missing out on family life.
The acting makes these average-Joe men come to life, especially Romano as the newly separated dad who misses his kids and can't seem to figure out whether he's actually single and whether the family he worked so hard to create is really and truly fractured for good. Braugher, too, excels as a man who has to deal with a tyrannical father and boss every day, reining in years of frustration. Just like the rest of us, they're looking for a way to get the life they want -- despite the hurdles that the real world throws in their way.
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