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 Sirens, an American adaptation of a British comedy series co-produced by comedian Denis Leary, pushes the envelope when it comes to basic cable entertainment thanks to its continuous use of strong language (including curses such as "s--t"), partial nudity (bare buttocks), strong sexual references (including crude references to sexual acts), and mature themes. It also prominently features Apple products and Twix candy bars. It's not meant for kids, but adults who appreciate Leary's brand of humor will enjoy it.
What's the story?
Produced by comedians Denis Leary and Bob Fisher, SIRENS features the antics of a trio of Chicago-based emergency medical technicians. It stars Michael Mosely as Johnny, a handsome and sports-loving guy with commitment issues. Working alongside him is his long-time best friend Hank (Kevin Daniels) and newbie Brian, whose earnest attempts to follow his moral compass sometimes creates more problems than solutions. Adding to the fray is Johnny's ex-girlfriend, police officer Teresa (Jessica McNamee). From awkward false alarms to reinterpreting a dying man's last words to resolve their own personal problems, these guys find themselves in some crazy situations when they're not out saving lives.
Is it any good?
The half-hour comedy series, which is based on the British show also called Sirens, reflects Denis Leary's trademark edgy comedy style. But thanks to good writing, it tells stories that are both humorously raunchy, surprisingly smart, and occasionally thoughtful. The guest appearances by folks such as Bill Nunn and Jean Smart also add to the laughs.
It's not for everyone (especially kids), but Leary fans won't be disappointed. Meanwhile, folks who appreciate smart, unapologetic, and quick-moving banter will find something here. It pushes the envelope of prime-time television, but ultimately it's a well-produced and funny show.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the way EMTs are portrayed on the show versus what their jobs are like in real life. Do you think what's portrayed here is realistic? Given that this is a comedy series, is it supposed to be?
Where should we draw the line when it comes to teens watching adult-themed TV? Is the sexual content and language in this show too much for teens?
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