Sherri

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Sitcom features strong women ... and subtle stereotypes.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Infidelity is a major theme in the show, though it's clearly portrayed as a negative. Some of the show's humor is based in stereotypes -- both race-based and gender-based.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sherri is a strong, independent woman and a good mother. She and her friends/co-workers are very supportive of each other. That said, other characters definitely have their flaws -- including Sherri's ex, who cheated on her.

Violence

Sherri constantly talks about wanting to kill her ex-husband and face his girlfriend, but most of the confrontations are pretty mild. One episode features an adult child being whacked on the head by his angry mother. 

Sex

Some sexual content, ranging from men and women making out to references to “screwing." Sherri’s ex-husband had an affair.

Language

Words include “suck," “ass,” and “damn." Characters sometimes refer to others as "ho" and being "gay."

Consumerism

Verbal references to various brands/pop culture icons, like Oprah and Quiznos.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine, cocktails, and mixed drinks are sometimes visible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sitcom about a recently divorced woman who's attempting to rebuild her life has a good bit of sexual content (including references to “screwing”) and some iffy language (“damn," “suck," “ass”). Infidelity is a major theme of the show, and some of its humor is based in race and gender stereotypes -- though the lead character is ultimately a strong, independent woman. Adult characters are shown ordering and serving wine, cocktails, and mixed drinks.

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What's the story?

SHERRI follows paralegal/part-time actress and comedienne Sherri Robinson (Sherri Shepherd) as she begins to rebuild her life after her 10-year marriage ends. After discovering that her husband, Kevin (Malcolm-Jamal Warner), is cheating on her with 20-year-old Paula (Kate Reinders), Sherri turns to her father (James Avery) to help her raise her young son Bo (Brandon Khalil). Meanwhile, her friends and co-workers -- including Celia (Tammy Townsend), Angie (Elizabeth Regen), and uptight supervisor Summer (Kali Rocha) -- help Sherri get back into the social scene. Starting over definitely isn’t easy, especially when her ex-husband’s philandering makes her life more complicated. But throughout it all, Sherri discovers that she’s got the strength and the will to keep on going, one laugh at a time.

Is it any good?

Loosely based on Shepherd’s own life story, this female-centered sitcom offers an upbeat, funny look at how women try to redefine themselves and their roles as mothers, partners, and professionals after their personal relationships are over. It also looks at some of the difficult choices that women are sometimes forced to make when dealing with others' mistakes.

The show's comedy highlights the strong bond that can develop between women when they seek solace from each other. Sometimes the discussions about dating and the constant sarcastic comments about men and infidelity get a little old -- not to mention slightly stereotypical. But if you're looking for some lighthearted comedy and/or enjoy strong female characters, Sherri will definitely fit the bill.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the show's use of stereotypes. Which characters/lines/situations strike you as stereotypical?

  • How does the media tend to address/portray affairs and divorce? Is it appropriate to make jokes about such serious topics?

  • What does it mean when a TV show or film claims to be “loosely based” on someone’s life? Does this mean that it's mostly a work of fiction? Or that the writers took some creative license when telling the person’s story?

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