No Angels

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Nurses' sexy bedside manner is for adults only.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Much of the show's content is played for laughs, but it still normalizes behavior like casual sex, drinking, smoking, etc. -- generally with little in the way of negative consequences.

Positive role models

Most characters engage in frequent random sexual encounters, some of which force them to fabricate stories to end their partners' interest in continuing a relationship with them. One woman is a single mom who has little use for her tween daughter and allows her to listen to mature conversations among her friends. Some of the male characters' behavior smacks of sexism.

Violence

It's rare, but a few scenes show things like a woman taking a swing at a guy's nose.

Sex

Simulated sex and female nudity (upper body only) are common, as are bottom-patting and seductive brushes between nurses and doctors. Conversations are graphic as well, including discussions of a man's abilities in bed and comments like "nice ass."

Language

"S--t," "piss," "Jesus," and "ass" are used frequently. "F--k" is also prevalent but is bleeped out. Some characters also let their middle finger do the cursing for them.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lots of drinking and smoking; a good part of the show takes place in a bar. In one scene, a woman tricks a guy into taking a strong sedative and enjoys a good laugh when it knocks him out.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this hospital-set British drama is rife with casual sexual encounters, alcohol and tobacco use, female nudity (upper body only), and four-letter words. Much of how the doctors relate to nurses could be grounds for sexual harassment charges -- including one doctor making a nurse bend over to demonstrate how distracting her panty line can be to the male medical staff -- but the women instead thrive on the attention. One character is a single mom who has little time for her daughter and exposes her to the graphic sexual chitchat of her friends. All in all, this show is well deserving of its "mature audience" rating.

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What's the story?

The stars of the British show NO ANGELS are four single RNs who live, work, and party together. Lia (Louise Delamere) is a reluctant single mom who won't let her tween daughter's presence stop her from having a good time. Upbeat Kate (Kaye Wragg) makes herself both sexually and emotionally available to men, which usually leads her to heartbreak when they dump her for someone less attached; Anji (Sunetra Sarker) spends little time being concerned about work and a whole lot of time sowing her wild oats (bushels of them) before succumbing to an arranged marriage; and uninhibited Beth (Jo Joyner) makes no secret of her desire for sex -- lots and lots of sex. Time at work is spent gossiping about doctors or having quickies -- often with those same doctors -- in the supply room, and patients often suffer from their lack of attention. When they're not on the clock, the foursome heads to the nearest club for a night of drinking, smoking, and hooking up with strangers.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

While adults may get a kick out of the girls' promiscuity and the general mayhem they cause when they're feeling mischievous (like when Beth gets back at a doctor who had angered her at work by tricking him into taking a powerful sedative at a party), this show's subject matter is meant only for mature audiences. Heavy alcohol consumption, red-letter language, graphic simulated sex, female nudity, and unhampered sexist discourse in the workplace combine to make this one a danger even for teens.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the nature of casual sex. What makes these relationships seem desirable? What repercussions can come of one-night stands?

  • Parents can also discuss their rules on dating, their feelings about premarital sex, and the importance of practicing safe sex.

TV details

Cast:Jo Joyner, Louise Delamere, Sunetra Sarker
Network:BBC America
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-MA

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