Mrs. Fletcher

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Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Genuinely sweet comedy lives within extremely sexual story.

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Positive Messages

Mrs. Fletcher is about a journey of self-discovery. Though there may be some rough spots along the way, the comedy is ultimately about being true to oneself.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though its main cast play straight, white, cisgender characters; the two storylines involve characters finding mentors outside of their typical cultural experience.


Some non-physical bullying.


Sex is the primary focus of Mrs. Fletcher, as it is about a parallel personal and sexual awakening. The show features sex talk, nudity, and simulated sex. There are also visual and audio clips of actual pornography.


"F--k," "s--t," etc. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink and smoke. Underage drinking is featured in the first episode. 

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?

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