A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights the importance of family, while underscoring the challenges that come with parenting and family life.
Positive Role Models
Sue and Pete are resourceful, loving parents, but when they're overwhelmed they sometimes beg, bribe, or resort to some less-than-ideal ways of getting their kids to behave. The children are generally happy, positive kids, but sometimes lie or engage in various inappropriate behaviors to test boundaries.
Violence & Scariness
Parents occasionally argue. Pete notes the violence at the inner-city school where he teaches. Children sometimes talk about parental arguments; occasionally they pretend to use toy laser guns to kill people. Bullying is discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References are made to sex and female body parts.
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Words like "twat," "bastard," "bitch," and "arse" are audible, while words like "a--hole" are muted.
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Products & Purchases
IPods are visible. Online sources like MSNBC are referenced during conversations.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults are occasionally shown drinking wine and hard alcohol. Parents allow one child to sip alcohol to prove that he doesn't like it.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while this British series offers a funny and intelligent look at a family with young children, it also contains some mature topics, including coping with elderly parents, bullying, and child behavioral issues. The language is occasionally strong ("bitch," "bastard," "arse"; words like "a--hole" are muted), and there are some references to sex. Both the children and the adults are sometimes shown arguing, as well as discussing (and sometimes engaging in) some inappropriate behaviors, including lying.
Is It Any Good?
The series offers a humorous but thoughtful look into the world of parenting by filming it in a documentary style that allows the child actors to improvise what they say rather than following a written script.
Some viewers may be unaccustomed to the pace of the show, which moves slightly slower than than most American comedies. It also deals with some serious issues, like aging parents, bullying, racism, and learning disabilities. But despite all of this, it offers an intelligent and witty look at the imperfect world of middle class family life.
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