Parents' Guide to

Pepper Dennis

By Brenda Kienan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sex appeal vs. smarts in a mature dramatic comedy.

TV WB Comedy 2006
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As Pepper chases stories, always looking like a million bucks, cameraman Chick (Rider Strong), who admires and lusts after Pepper, chases right behind her. Often, she falls on her face, literally and metaphorically, but she always gets up and keeps going. The comic timing is spot-on, although some of the set-ups are a bit obvious. When a bank security guard points out an unexploded paint bomb next to Pepper, who's dressed in white from head-to-toe, it's a sure bet that the paint bomb will accidentally go off, splattering blue paint all over her -- on camera. The writing is also somewhat uneven; Romijn delivers her lines with gusto, but some of them come out sounding clunky or forced.

PEPPER DENNIS takes a satirical run at the idea that women can be both very intelligent and drop-dead attractive, while also exploring how a woman might have to choose between her career and her love life. As a character, Pepper Dennis is somewhat reminiscent of Murphy Brown. But Romijn has put her own stamp on the driven newswoman character and plays the part with sharp comedic instincts.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: April 4, 2006
  • Network: WB
  • Genre: Comedy
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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