Significant Mother

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Tired, crude sex gags in May/December-themed comedy.

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age 18+
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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Adult relationships can be awkward, complicated. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lydia is concerned for her son but wants to be happy.


Arguing; occasional punches thrown.


Strong innuendo; folks undressing, wearing skimpy underwear.


"Damn," "crap," "bitch."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer, wine, hard liquor consumed; drunken behavior.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Significant Mother is a sitcom about a younger man dating his friend's mother. It contains lots of sexual innuendo, including crude references and partially dressed people. There’s lots of strong vocabulary ("damn," "crap," "bitch”), drinking (beer, wine, hard liquor), and some drunken behavior, arguing, and punching (which is meant to be funny). It’s not meant for a younger audience.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
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Adult Written byalaskan38 August 16, 2015

Not for children under 18

I do not let shows like this one enter my house. My kids/any kid should hear all the innuendos, sex and cursing included in this show
Adult Written bybolanle macaulay August 13, 2015

how tv has fallen

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What's the story?

SIGNIFICANT MOTHER is a comedy series that shows how complicated life can be when you discover that your 20-something best friend and roommate is dating your mother. When Nate Marlowe (Josh Zuckerman), a budding restaurateur, returns to his Portland home to discover that his best friend Jimmy Barnes (Nathaniel Buzolic) is dating Lydia (Krista Allen), his recently separated mother, he has to find a way to cope with the awkwardness of the situation. Meanwhile, he has to figure out how to tell his friend Samantha (Emma Fitzpatrick) that he wants to date her. Adding to the fray is his dad (Jonathan Silverman), who's decided that he doesn't want a divorce.

Is it any good?

This awkward series makes attempts at humor with predictable sexually themed gags that range from being mildly funny to borderline crude. The lack of original writing also makes it feel repetitive. Some folks may find the "cougar" theme fun, but thanks to the show's limited premise, it doesn't offer much more beyond this. Plus, the concept has been explored much better by shows such as Cougartown. If you're looking for a real laugh, you probably won't find it here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about TV shows that rely on sex for humor. What makes it funny? When is it OK for younger viewers to watch sexy stuff? When is this kind of humor too inappropriate, regardless of age?

  • Families can talk about dating choices. Do you think age matters? Why, or why not?

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