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Sin City Saints
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sin City Saints is a comedy set in the world of professional sports -- namely, basketball. It's mostly mild and could fit in on network TV (it's available only on Yahoo's platform); only unbleeped four-letter words ("s--t," "f--k") and jokes about drugs distinguish it from a TV-14 show. Scenes take place in bars and a strip club in which women wear brief costumes; cheerleaders wear similar costumes and are shown on-screen gyrating and gesturing (but not speaking). The cast boasts good racial and ethnic diversity, with women and people of color in positions of power. There are rude jokes about sex, body parts, and class.
What's the story?
Tech billionaire Jake Tallus (Andrew Sorentino) wasn't the obvious pick to own basketball expansion team the SIN CITY SAINTS, but money talks. Now the unconventional owner has to navigate a very different world than big business. And there are characters everywhere, from star player Ladarius Pope (Keith Powers), who needs babying, to a renegade mascot (Brendan Jennings), who has blackmail-worthy information on him. Thankfully, Tallus can usually count on his staff to prop him up, including fixer Kevin Freeman (Tom Arnold) and harried head of PR Melissa Stanton (B.K. Cannon). But now Tallus has run afoul of the stern league counsel Dusty Halford (Malin Akerman) and fouled up Ladarius' chances on the court. Can moxie and quick wit save him now?
Is it any good?
Sin City Saints opens on Tom Arnold huffing and puffing his way through a strip of desolate Vegas desert, chasing what turns out to be the team's mascot and threatening to kill him. It has shades of Breaking Bad and a promising opening to what turns out to be a mostly fresh and decently funny comedy. The mascot, it turns out, is in possession of some particularly damaging information about team owner Tallus, and Arnold's character is trying to spirit him away to Fiji where he can have all the perks his plebian little heart desires (and he'll be out of reach of the press). But when Tallus badmouths the mascot on live TV, all bets are off.
It's a pretty solid setup for a comedy, and Sin City Saints does good things with it and with its characters, especially Tallus as a nouveau riche jerk having a great time and Akerman as a cold-as-ice suit. At one point, Tallus asks his team that if they accidentally impregnate any women over the weekend, could they consider making it a tall woman so in 20 years he can draft their illegitimate offspring? That's the kind of rude but funny joke indicative of the show's sense of humor. Parents won't want tweens to watch, but sports-loving teens can safely tune in, though parents may want to watch along to counter any negative messages.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how realistic this comedy is. Do you think this is what it's really like behind the scenes on a professional sports team, or are things exaggerated for comic effect?
How would this show be different if it were based on a gymnastics team? A soccer team? What if it centered on a competitive business field such as advertising?
Many of the characters in Sin City Saints are supposed to be wealthy. How do you know this, as a viewer?