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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 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.
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What's the Story?
PERFECT COUPLES follows six friends in three very different relationships. Happily married Dave (Kyle Bornheimer) and Julia (Christine Woods) have so little drama it's scary, while soon-to-be-engaged Vance (David Walton) and Amy (Mary Elizabeth Ellis) fuel their passion through mutual volatility. And then there's tightly wound husband and wife Rex (Hayes MacArthur) and Leigh (Olivia Munn), who are convinced they're doing everything right.
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.)
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about being a couple -- whether married or not -- and what that means for both people involved. What are the benefits to coupling up with another person? What types of compromises do you have to make to be part of a committed twosome?
Do you think this show has a message when it comes to love and relationships? Are any of the couples really "perfect"? Are they realistic?
What role does communication play in keeping a relationship alive and well? How do each of the three couples communicate, and what seems to work best?
- Premiere date: December 20, 2010
- Cast: Christine Woods, Kyle Bornheimer, Olivia Munn
- Network: NBC
- Genre: Comedy
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: October 14, 2022
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