Parents' Guide to

Not Going Out

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

UK comics ham it up -- but send mixed messages.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Absolutely Brilliant

Not going out is incredibly funny though the humour is very dry and British which a lot of non-brits might not get the endless puns quips and jokes have kept the show lively for 8 series's now and will hopefully keep it going for many more

Is It Any Good?

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You really can't go wrong when you bring together exceptional comedians and set them loose on each other, as is the case with this laugh-out-loud series. The rapid-fire wisecracks between Mack and Vine (who claimed the Guinness World Record for Telling the Most Jokes in an Hour with a whopping 499) are sure to tickle funny bones -- especially for adults who can relate to some of the characters' woeful reflections on relationships and life in general. And Dodds can more than hold her own with her male cohorts, though viewers looking for full-blooded British comedy may find her American accent distracting.

The series has its share of references to intercourse, casual sex, and homosexuality, but they usually come and go as quickly as the jokes do. Parents may take issue with the messages sent by the nature of Lee and Kate's roommate status and his willingness to live off of her generosity toward him while he's unemployed -- although the other side of the coin is that Kate emerges as the mature, responsible adult character in comparison to the two men. But even though there's not that much obviously iffy content to speak of here, the show isn't age-appropriate for tweens or very young teens given the mixed messages about relationships and a responsible lifestyle. All said, it's best viewed as a comical escape for adults.

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