Perfect Couples

 
Witty romcom targets adults in committed relationships.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

If there's any violent content, it's mild and played for laughs.

Sex

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.

Language

Language includes "damn," "hell," "ass," "crap," "bitch," etc.

Consumerism

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.

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.)

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Christine Woods, Kyle Bornheimer, Olivia Munn
Network:NBC
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 10 years old April 8, 2011
age 10+
 

I am so cute

What other families should know
Great role models
Parent of a 5 year old Written bylovecomedy April 5, 2011
age 17+
 
I find it disturbing that no one thinks horrible writing and general mediocrity is also bad for children. This show lowers the standards of all people regardless of age. It is the kind of insultingly unintelligent entertainment that inevitably leads to complete mental atrophy. This show works best as a litmus test to know if your friends or family are dangerously unfunny.
Parent of a 14 and 14 year old Written by1 dad February 24, 2011
age 12+
 
ok well me and my wife and one of my dauters saw sevreal ads for this show that made it look hilariously funny but then we watched and nothing happend but my dauters boyfriend is just like one of these guys we thaught that would make us laugh after a while but no
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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