A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The value of loyal friendships is perhaps the one most strongly championed on this sweet-natured, if often naughty show.
Positive Role Models
The characters generally care about each other and treat each other with dignity and respect, even while they often mock one another. Some catty joking about other women. Both of the female friends at the center of the show intend to do right by the new baby one of them is about to have.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional cartoonish violence, such as a character banging her head while trying to catch a household pest.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Jokes about sex and body parts include references to anal penetration, oral sex, body parts, sex with anonymous strangers over the internet. There are references to "screwing" and the "juicy ass" of a woman in gold hot pants.
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The occasional unbleeped four-letter word, usually used casually rather than insultingly, like a reference to the "s--t hitting the fan."
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Products & Purchases
References to real products including Cliff's Notes and Apple TV.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters may drink onscreen. There is a line where a grandmother-to-be admonished party guests to "hide the booze," and one woman says to a pregnant woman that she needs a drink; the pregnant woman abstains from drinking and says she's going to have a glass of milk instead.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Playing House is a comedy about two best friends who band together to raise the baby one of them is pregnant with. The vibe here is mostly sweet and charming, and the show includes a very realistic and positive portrait of an adult female friendship. The main thing that may give parents pause are the frequent rude and often sexual jokes, which revolve around body parts, pornography, bodily functions, and sex in general. There are discussions about the particulars of a pregnant woman's private parts, a bridal-shower scene with diapers smeared with melted candy bars, a discussion of foreign food causing diarrhea, and other very bawdy scenarios. Viewers will hear some cursing as well, including unbleeped four-letter words, and words that refer to body parts. There are references to drinking, but a pregnant woman opts to drink milk instead of alcohol.
Is It Any Good?
Viewers may (or may not -- it didn't last longl) remember St. Clair and Parham from heir short-lived NBC sitcom Best Friends Forever. If so, you may recall that the two have positively potent comic chemistry, perhaps because they're real-life best friends who created both that show and this one together. So it's no surprise that Playing House has a refreshing ladies'-first feeling that brings a kind of sweetness to jokes that liken Maggie's pregnant boobs to a waterbed.
In addition to the adorable interplay between the show's two leading ladies, the plot points are absurdly funny without being sitcom cliche antic, such as an attempt to de-raccoon a child's playhouse, or a local mystery involving disappearing garden gnomes. Yes, there are some pretty rude jokes, but the whole feeling of the show is fizzy, funny and cute, sorta like a slightly-cleaned-up network TV version of Bridesmaids. It's worth a watch for parents, and maybe even a space on your DVR schedule.
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