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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that People Of Earth is a comedy series about a group of people who believe they've been abducted by aliens. It explores the idea that life can exist beyond our planet, which could create some interesting conversation between parents and teens. It features some innuendo, crude language, some cursing ("s--t"), and drinking. Friendship, open-mindedness, and bullying are also addressed.
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What's the story?
Executive produced by Conan O'Brien and The Office's Greg Daniels, PEOPLE OF EARTH is a comedy series about a group of folks who believe they've been abducted by aliens in Beacon, New York. Journalist Ozzie Graham (Wyatt Cenac) is sent by boss Jonathan Walsh (Michael Cassidy) to write an online click bait story about "StarCrossed," an eclectic support group for "experiencers" (folks taken by extraterrestrials) run by part-time therapist Gina Morrison (Ana Gasteyer). After sitting through conversations with members like pot dealer and self-proclaimed Alientologist Gerry Johnson (Luka Jones), homemaker Chelsea (Tracee Chimo), and retiree Margaret Flood (Nancy Lenehan) to discuss extraterrestrial experiences, he can hardly take it seriously. But his strange nightmares about a recent car accident keep returning, making him wonder if there's any truth to their stories. Father Doug (Oscar Nuñez), the pastor at the church where the group meets, somehow gets pulled into the craziness. Meanwhile, aliens Jeff the Grey (Ken Hall), Don the White (Bjorn Gustafsson), and a shape shifting Reptilian (Cassidy) are plotting to rule the human race.
Is it any good?
This goofy series mixes late-night type comedy with The Office-style humor to create a lighthearted and offbeat viewing experience. The overall premise is pretty weird, but works thanks to good writing and a talented ensemble cast.
Sometimes People of Earth goes from being funny to being a bit too silly, but fans of this kind of humor won't be bothered by this. Overall, it's a great show if you aren't in the mood to take what you are watching seriously.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the way shows like People of Earth present non-mainstream ideas. How are topics like alien abductions, sightings of creatures like Bigfoot, and other unusual things presented in entertainment media? Are these things supposed to be taken seriously?
Families can talk about science and exploration. Do you think there are aliens? Do you think it's important to consider the possibility?
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