A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Messages vary by season (and are sometimes more apparent than others), but running themes include examining what it means to be a good person and be true to yourself, as well as how to do good in the world.
Positive Role Models
The main characters' positive qualities and flaws vary from season to season, but Radcliffe and Viswanathan typically play optimists who seize the day and try to help others, even when the odds aren't in their favor. Buscemi plays everything from God (as an unpredictable CEO) to a loving father to a murderous (but friendly) bandit. Cast is ethnically diverse, and there are independent female characters with agency.
Violence & Scariness
Violence varies by season but is always presented in a lighthearted way. In the first season, it's largely offscreen (news reports about a masked gunman robbing stores that don't show footage) -- though the end of the world is looming. In the second, there are attacks and battles (including blood spatters and a massacre). In the third, characters use pistols and shotguns, hunt and kill animals (with blood/brains spattering), and talk about death/murder; there's also a bloody battle between White U.S. soldiers and Native Americans. A child coughs blood into a handkerchief. Characters held captive/in peril. Arguments/yelling. A man grabs a woman's breasts without consent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting, romance, kissing. Frequent innuendo and double entendres, including references to genitals (a scene with several jokes about "caulk," for instance). Suggestion that a couple "swings." One episode includes an appearance by cheerful sex workers who self-describe as "whores." Shirtless male seen a few times, once dancing suggestively while wearing skimpy chaps. An extended orgy scene in the third season looks more graphic than it really is (i.e. nothing actually explicit is shown/happens).
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Regular use of words including "friggin'/frickin'," "damn," "ass," "bulls--t," "hell," "d--k," "goddamn," "bastard," "oh my God," and "s--t" (especially in season 2, when a family's last name is "S--tshoveler"). Reference to a "taint."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In the first season, God drinks a lot. Other seasons include additional drinking (whiskey, shots, etc.), sometimes to excess (a child gets drunk in a brief scene), and opium use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Miracle Workers is an irreverent, satirical comedy that tells a different story each season, all based on the works of humor writer Simon Rich. Settings include the afterlife -- with God running heaven like a corporation -- as well as the Dark Ages and the Oregon Trail. While content varies by season and episode and is all delivered with a light tone, you can expect strong language ("s--t," "oh my God," and more), sometimes-bloody violence, weapon use, innuendo, opium smoking, drinking, and more. The first season also hinges on the looming end of the world. But the show has a lot of heart and a talented, diverse cast (including Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi, and Geraldine Viswanathan), and teens who like a few existential questions along with their comedy are likely to enjoy it.
Is It Any Good?
In all of its stories/settings, you could argue that Miracle Workers is using (light) philosophy to ask what it means to live in a world that's experiencing one demoralizing crisis after another. While it lacks the satirical punch of presumable inspiration The Good Place, the incredible cast (especially Buscemi, Radcliffe, and Viswanathan) and quirky premise give the show room to grow and establish its own unique voice. Briskly paced, with a strong sense of character and snappy one-liners, it's a show that's easy to breeze through.
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