A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The main characters are generally moral, though flawed. One character is having an affair with his friend's wife. Some jokes based on weight, intelligence, etc. The cast is exclusively white.
Violence & Scariness
Fistfight in a bar.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
18-year-olds are seen in bed post-sex. Plot thread about extramarital affair.
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Occasional "ass," "hell," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Plenty of drinking, sometimes to drunkenness. Reference to marijuana smoking in a joking manner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sentimental drama deals with mature topics like extramarital sex, unknown parentage, drug and alcohol use, and career and family insecurities, making it somewhat iffy (and, frankly, probably unappealing) for younger viewers. Some scenes are set in a bar, where lots of drinking -- and at least one drunken fistfight -- takes place. Another scene shows 18-year-olds who have just had sex and includes some sexual discussion. Jokes about weight, intelligence, small towns, and more pepper the dialogue in a generally clever, ironic tone, but some viewers may be offended.
Is It Any Good?
Although October Road has some witty banter that's well written and sometimes charming, much of it also seems contrived. The town itself is a bit fairytale-ish, too; it lacks the authenticity of another quirky prodigal-son drama, the movie Garden State. That said, October Road does have some appeal, especially in its smart literary references and nostalgia for the hard-rockin' 1990s.
Teens might enjoy some of the quirky characters, but much of the drama is so adult-oriented -- especially geared toward people in their late 20s and early 30s -- that younger viewers might not care very much. That's good, because with plenty of drinking, some fistfights, and some mildly sexual scenes, October Road is best suited for adults.
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