A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Binge drinking and casual sex are glorified, along with offhand prejudice and insensitive comments. Hey, it's all OK, because everyone is getting wasted, right?
Positive Role Models
The two brothers at the center of the show have a realistic relationship, including some bickering and some contentious arguments. The two female leads seem less fully-formed, including one whose character seems to be based solely on her wanton sexuality.
Violence & Scariness
A few heated arguments, sometimes involving pushing, shoving, wrestling, etc., but no real punches.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No sex or nudity, but many graphic references to sex. One female character brags frequently about her active and adventurous sex life, including frequent one-night stands.
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Frequent low-grade swearing, "boobs," "goddammit" and "fart," and plenty of more intense words that are bleeped, but obvious, such as "s--t" and "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Many professional athletes are mentioned by name.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The series is set in a bar, so characters are drinking all the time and often get drunk. People sometimes tell stories about how drunk they got.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this crass comedy about two brothers who run a sports bar has plenty of drinking, including drunkeness, and lots of references to casual sex. Characters tell war stories about getting too drunk or having wild sexual excursions. There's also some swearing, including bleeped "s--t" and "f--k." The bigger issue is a serious dearth of genuine laughs.
Is It Any Good?
Players comes across as a low-grade version of Cheers, the classic barroom sitcom. But without good writing or chemistry between the actors, it falls back on frat-boy humor. The biggest jokes seem to play on the characters' willingness to describe their drunken antics and sexual exploits. These incidents generally take place outside the bar and are rarely seen.
Krista in particular seems less like a real person, and more like a male writer's idea of the perfectly available one-night stand. She frequently discusses her eagerness to bed just about anyone, but has little interest in any kind of relationship. The one thing that rings true is the relationship between Ken and Bruce; they interact like real brothers, sometimes exasperated with each other and often frustrated, but always ready to stand by each other. Which is more than most viewers should be willing to do for this mediocre show.
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