A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Sean and his family champion family unity and being there for each other, but there are an awful lot of insults flung around, particularly between Sean and his mom.
Positive Role Models
Sean is a loving, if scattered, dad who wishes the best for his daughter. Sean's mom is nagging, whiny, and pretty rude to her son, though she obviously cares about him and her granddaughter. Sean's friend Liz comes off as a bit ditzy, and she talks about her promiscuous past a lot for laughs.
Violence & Scariness
Some cartoonish pratfalls.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some discussions of sex, past promiscuity, and body parts. One episode chronicles a teen girl's first bra-shopping experience, during which an adult female talks about how to buy a bra that will attract a man.
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Some cursing, usually in jest: Sean repeatedly yells, "Don't look at my ass!" while climbing out a window.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some cocktails and wine consumed by adults.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sean Saves the World is a sitcom about a gay dad whose teenage daughter moves in with him while he's grappling with work problems. There are a lot of jokes, often made about Sean's sexuality, as well as references to his mother's sex life. There's mild cursing, usually in jest, and humor about body parts and past promiscuity. Sean and his mother snipe at each other, and she says cruel things to him while the laugh track swells. There is some supportive family unity, but serious subjects are the target of jokes and mockery.
Is It Any Good?
Sean Hayes, you deserve better! Thomas Lennon, so do you! So does almost every likeable actor with crack comic timing on this tired sitcom. The hijinks are merry, the jokes never stop, the energy is high, and the laugh track folks are in gales of giggles at every line. Somehow, though, it all seems blah -- there's a stab at wackiness, but the funny's not there.
This is a sitcom in which no one stands still while they talk. They deliver a line, race to another part of the set, and then deliver another one. Why are you people running around like that? Stand still! It's also a sitcom wherein, rather than tell the boss you're going home whether he likes it or not, a character exits work by having two coworkers lift him up so he can climb out a bathroom window. Um, yeah. Wasn't that an I Love Lucy plot...six decades ago?
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