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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 Pivoting is a half-hour comedy that makes light of the issues of life and death. Amy (Eliza Coupe), Sarah (Maggie Q), and Jodie (Ginnifer Goodwin), while dealing with the death of their friend, realize that life is short and decide to take their lives in dramatically different directions. The decisions are made impulsively -- for example, ER doctor Sarah resigns from her job after a coworker eats her lunch, and she pursues a job at the local grocery store after perceiving that its employees love their jobs. The characters reevaluate their marriages, parenting styles, and careers, while dabbling into adult topics like sex and infidelity. Due to the grown-up topics, younger viewers probably won't want to tune in. Parents need not stress about pausing the show if their teens enter the room while it's on.
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What's the Story?
In PIVOTING, three friends grapple with the death of the fourth member of their group. Upon mourning her, they realize that life is short. Each friend is on a very different journey through life, but they all decide to pivot and take their lives in wildly new directions. The hasty decisions and the unrealistic directions they choose bring on the laughs.
Is It Any Good?
This mildly funny sitcom pokes fun at life, death, and everything in between. Pivoting highlights the lived experiences of many 20-, 30-, and 40-somethings who will be able to relate to the adult topics of relationships, parenting, and careers. The motherhood debacles, dad jokes, job irritations and #epicfails that the characters experience will pull some laughs out of viewers, especially those who are fans of dark comedy and single-camera sitcoms. Viewers who do not find death to be a topic that lends itself to comedy may have less fun watching this show.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the theme of Pivoting. Do you think you're living your best life? What parts of your life would you change? What can you do differently starting tomorrow?
Who do you take advice from? Can you trust them to steer you in the right direction? How do you know?
How do the characters on the show encourage each other? How do you and your friends encourage each other?
- Premiere date: January 9, 2022
- Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Maggie Q, Eliza Coupe
- Network: Fox
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Friendship
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: November 30, 2022
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