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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Dysfunction is routinely exploited for comedic purposes, and there aren't typically many meaningful takeaways. That said, the show is a subtle promotion of committed coupledom ... no matter how "imperfect."
Positive Role Models
As individual characters, no one's meant to be a "perfect" role model, although as couples, some do better with modeling healthy communication and mutual respect than others. For example, Vance and Amy rely on conflict and lovers' quarrels to maintain their mutual passion; Rex and Leigh pursue "perfection" through subjugation and control; and Dave and Julia are generally portrayed as balanced, loving, and relatable.
Violence & Scariness
If there's any violent content, it's mild and played for laughs.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual innuendo and comedic references to sex (including porn), with implied sex acts between committed couples. There are bare male chests in bed, but women are generally covered up with lingerie and/or sheets.
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Language includes "damn," "hell," "ass," "crap," "bitch," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Fake brands are used in place of real ones.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking (and drunkeness) is played for laughs. There's also some comedic use of chewing tobacco.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sitcom centers on three adult couples: two married and one still hot and heavy on the brink of engagement. As a result, there are plenty of allusions to sex and some implied sex acts, but what you actually see is pretty tame (a few bare male chests and well-covered negligees for the women when they're in bed together, etc.). Violence and drunkenness are occasionally played for comedy, and there's also some audible language of the "damn"/"hell"/"bitch" variety.
Is It Any Good?
Thanks to really good casting and well-penned lines, Perfect Couples is genuinely funny ... a sort of Modern Family for couples without kids (yet). Bornheimer and Woods -- best known for their good work on the short-lived shows Worst Week and FlashForward -- feel real and relatable as the couple we're meant to identify with, while the rest of the cast completes their kooky inner circle of comic relief.
While the too-close-for-comfort gags don't really ring true (it's business as usual when friends barge into your bedroom uninvited), we'll buy it for the sake of Edward Fortyhands. (Don't worry; you'll see what we mean.)
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