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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 Mrs. Fletcher is an HBO comedy about a woman's later-in-life sexual awakening. It features near-constant sexual content, including sex talk, nudity, simulated sex and sex acts, as well as actual visual and audio representations of pornography.
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What's the Story?
Eve Fletcher (Transparent's Kathryn Hahn) is a single mom who works at a retirement home. When she sends her only child, Brendan, to college, she finds herself alone, seeking an identity outside of being a mom. The steps she takes to find herself lead her to a sexual reawakening. Meanwhile, Brendan finds that college is not what he expected it to be and, surprisingly, finds himself on his own journey of self-discovery and sexual awakening.
Is It Any Good?
HBO has a long history of mild, gently boundary-pushing comedies, and this story of growth and change is no exception. Based on a novel by one of HBO's favorite sources of material, Tom Perrotta (The Leftovers, Big Little Lies), this series delivers on precisely the level it's meant to: with all the focus on pornography and sexual awakening, it feels edgy while actually being a genuinely sweet comedy about a single mother and her only son, each on parallel tracks of self-discovery.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about relationships between parents and their children. How do Eve Fletcher and her son, Brendan treat one another? Is it a balanced relationship? How are they different? How are they similar?
What is Mrs. Fletcher's process of self-discovery? How is her life changing? How do these changes make her feel?
- Premiere date: October 27, 2019
- Cast: Kathryn Hahn, Jackson White, Casey Wilson
- Network: HBO
- Genre: Comedy
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: December 16, 2022
Our Editors Recommend
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