Perfect Harmony

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun, edgy comedy about grief, the healing power of music.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

Key themes include coping with loss and loneliness, friendship, and community. Singing and religious faith are secondary themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Arthur Cochran is difficult, blunt, and arrogant, but also smart, sensitive, and lonely. Ginny is kind and a committed parent. Individual members of the choir have problems (sometimes with each other) but are good people and good friends. 

Violence

There’s some yelling, arguing, insult hurling. People sometimes stumble and fall, but no one gets hurt. 

Sex

Some jokes and crude sexual references.

Language

Words like "crap," "bastard" audible; curses bleeped with mouths blurred. 

Consumerism

Features songs originally sung by celebrities like Miley Cyrus. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (hard liquor) visible, and drunken behavior is shown. A character stops himself before consuming a bottle of prescription pills. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Perfect Harmony is a lighthearted comedy series about a grieving widower who finds a reason to keep living when he starts leading a small-town choir. This sitcom features lots of edgy humor, including some strong language (bleeped curses with mouths blurred), sexual references, and some drinking and drunken behavior. Songs featured are originally performed by celebs like Miley Cyrus; others are sometimes sung by the choir. 

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Adult Written byTristan B. September 29, 2019
Adult Written byHois September 28, 2019
Teen, 13 years old Written byNina Huha November 24, 2019

Mature humor, but a good show

It is a very good and funny show, but not for anyone under twelve. I would recomend this for ages 13+ though, because it has some dirty jokes and there is a fai... Continue reading

What's the story?

PERFECT HARMONY is a comedy series about a grieving widower who finds a reason to keep living. Retired Princeton music professor Arthur Cochran (Bradley Whitford) is reeling after the death of his wife a few weeks after moving to her childhood home in small-town Kentucky. When he stumbles upon the choir of the Second First Church of the Cumberlands, consisting of well-intentioned folks like Ginny (Anna Camp); her soon to be ex, Wayne (Will Greenberg); the confident Adams Adams (Tymberlee Hill); the sensitive Dwane (Geno Segers); and the quirky Reverend Jax (Rizwan Manji), Arthur finds himself helping the out-of-tune group pull themselves together so that they have a chance at beating the Church of the Perpetual Praise. But the gang soon realizes that their crusty new choir leader is doing more than helping them sing, and Arthur may have found a circle of friends that he wasn’t looking for. 

Is it any good?

The funny series offers lots of laughs thanks to a quirky but extremely likable ensemble cast. Granted, Perfect Harmony's formula isn’t particularly original, but the writing is sharp and delivers consistently strong, edgy punchlines and some absurdly comical moments. Yet, it also manages to weave in a few sensitive bits, which makes it more appealing. The musical moments, which range from choir performances to individuals briefly breaking out in song, are entertaining, too. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different ways people cope with grief. Is Arthur difficult to get along with because he is grieving? Or is he just a difficult person?

  • How does Perfect Harmony portray people in a small town? Are these portrayals positive? Or do they appear stereotypical? Why?

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