Saint George

 
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Divorced dad's life is edgier than the title suggests.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's potential for positive messaging regarding George's relationship with his young son, but the show focuses more on his romantic life, mining humor from sexting, sexual innuendo, and sexual harassment.

Positive role models

The main character has generally positive traits, but almost everyone else in his life -- from his uncle to his own mother -- hounds and insults him, calling him fat, lazy, and worse. His inner circle of male friends means well but also encourages him to send pictures of his private parts to women, and his female boss sexually harasses him on a near-daily basis.

Violence

Comic violence includes women spraying a man in the eyes with pepper spray.

Sex

Dialogue is heavy on sexual innuendo, and characters crack jokes about sex, masturbation, and sexting, although very little is actually shown on-screen.

Language

Unbleeped language includes "hell," "son of a bitch," and "fatass," plus sexually charged terms such as "penis" and "boobies."

Consumerism

Brand names such as Porsche.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking, occasionally to excess. Some jokes reference drugs such as pot and cocaine.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Saint George isn't as saintly as its title suggests, with dialogue that's dripping with sexual innuendo such as, "Does the carpet match the drapes?" and audible terms such as "boobies" and "fatass." Characters also drink socially and make jokes about drug use, sex, and masturbation (although very little is shown on-screen). Sexual harassment is used repetitively as a point of humor. A few brand names are mentioned in passing.

What's the story?

Thanks to a recent split from his ex-wife, Mackenzie (Jenn Lyon), self-made businessman SAINT GEORGE (George Lopez) is reluctantly back on the dating scene and attempting to forge a relationship with his 11-year-old son, Harper (Kaden Gibson). But, more often than not, he's fielding wayward advice from his uncle Tio (Danny Trejo) and cousin Junior (David Zayas) and constant criticism from his overbearing mother, Alma (Olga Merediz). Add a boss (Diana Maria Riva) who makes it her job to sexually harass him, and George's love life doesn't stand much of a chance.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Compared to George Lopez's eponymous sitcom that ran from 2002 to 2007 and broke new ground in television by focusing on a Latino family, Saint George feels like a step down in quality, particularly for viewers who might be expecting more. But they won't get what they're looking for here, thanks to a plot that's full of holes, unfocused writing that makes little attempt to fill those hole, and characters whose comic flaws aren't really that funny.

Even more off-putting for parents with impressionable teens, however, is Saint George's portrayal of sexual harassment -- both from men and women -- as an acceptable source of humor, which sends kids a mixed message at best. From an aging uncle on the prowl who isn't deterred by pepper spray because he "loves hot food" to a sexually aggressive assistant principal who repeatedly puts her hands on a male teacher with no apparent repercussions, Saint George's "jokes" could easily be misinterpreted.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Mexican-American characters on television and how Latinos are typically portrayed in popular media. Does Saint George challenge or reinforce existing stereotypes?

  • What does Saint George have to say about the dynamics of multicultural families? How realistic are the relationships among George, his ex-wife, his son, and his extended family?

  • Who is the target audience, and how can you tell? How does Saint George compare to other series centered on Latino characters?

TV details

Cast:George Lopez, Danny Trejo, Jenn Lyon
Network:FX
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14

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