A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that simulated sex and strong language are rampant throughout this adult-oriented British comedy. Very little is off-limits here; in one episode alone there were scenes involving same-sex kissing, orgasms, an orgy, a man's barely hidden erection, and a woman in a revealing bra. Because dialogue includes the inner thoughts of the two main male characters, viewers are often exposed to their superficial and socially desperate feelings. While it's clearly not a good choice for all but the most mature teens, adults may enjoy the slightly jaded view of the guys' very different approaches to romantic endeavors.
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What's the story?
In the British comedy series PEEP SHOW, twentysomething buddies Jeremy (Robert Webb) and Mark (David Mitchell) struggle through the uncertainties of life and romantic relationships. Adding a twist to the show's well-worn \"odd couple\" plot, viewers can hear not just characters' dialogue, but also the guys' inner thoughts, which offer glimpses into their intentions and insecurities. When wannabe music star Jeremy gets the boot from his girlfriend, he calls on old friend Mark for a place to stay. But Mark soon realizes that on the job front, Jeremy's big dreams rarely translate into action -- instead, he spends most of his time plotting his next move on their attractive neighbor, Toni (Elizabeth Marmur). Type-A Mark, meanwhile, spends lots of time at his job as a loan officer, but he's often distracted by his crush on outgoing co-worker Sophie (Olivia Coleman).
Is it any good?
The guys' internal thoughts (often accompanied by camera angles that offer the thinker's vantage point) are scattered through the fast-paced dialogue and add a unique element to the otherwise been-there, done-that plot. The funny views on relationships may or may not resonate with adult viewers' own experiences, but either way, they'll be laughing.
But parents should definitely watch this one closely before giving teens the go-ahead. Sexual encounters and dialogue are prolific, as is strong language. In one episode alone, there were two simulated sex scenes (nudity was limited to a woman in a bra) -- one ended in orgasm, and, in the other, a male bystander watched the action from afar. Same-sex kissing, fondling of genitals through clothing, and an erection visible under a robe were also included, making this an iffy choice for most teens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about romantic relationships. What factors are important in helping a relationship succeed? How should people show their affection for one another? Why is it important for people to establish a friendship before moving on to romantic involvement? Teens, how do you handle the pressures of relationships? Parents can take the opportunity to reiterate their rules about dating for teens.