A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Relatively innocuous messages about relationships, though some stereotypes about men, women, romance, homosexuality, and Indians are prevalent.
Positive Role Models
The husbands are often insensitive, and the women are often quick to make fun of them. But in the end they all care about one another. Russell often exhibits sexist and homophobic behavior.
Violence & Scariness
Occasionally the men end up wrestling each other, but there's nothing really violent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frank discussion of sex, including one-night stands and subtle references to prostitution. Some scenes in bed before and after sex, without any nudity. Surrogate pregnancy is a theme in later episodes.
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Occasional "hell" and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
VAIO computers visible. Labels for foodstuffs like Heinz ketchup and Guldens mustard are visible, but with the logos crossed out.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent jokes about long-married husband's drinking -- the idea being that he drinks to endure his marriage. Frequent social drinking. References are made to getting high.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this relationship-oriented sitcom includes discussions about sex (including one-night stands) and paints a somewhat confusing picture of married life. Lots of humor revolves around stereotypical male-female behavior, homosexuality, and other issues. The bachelor character has frequent liaisons, and viewers see him in bed with different women in sanitized sexual scenarios.
Is It Any Good?
This traditional-style sitcom pokes fun at relationships of all kinds, and relies on lots of gender stereotypes for laughs. But some of these lighthearted conversations also highlight some of the issues that surface when in a relationship, including communication, trust, and parenthood.
Granted, it contains some frank talk about sex, and Spade's sharp humor is occasionally borderline offensive. But the show is also very well written, and contains lots of humorous moments, too. It isn't for kids, but older teens and adults looking for a good laugh may actually find one here.
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