A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes of communication and compassion are depicted in the way friendships are formed and support those in them. Takes place in a small town, but doesn't mock it or the people who live there.
Positive Role Models
Sam and Joel are both unusual in their small town: artistic, divergent in gender expression and sexuality, ironic, worldly. They find comfort in their friendship, and recognize each other as kindred souls. Not every character in this drama is a positive one but all are humanized and feel realistic and genuine.
Characters vary in terms of race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual identity, age, body type, socioeconomic status, and other factors. This series is set in a somewhat economically depressed small town and the characters read as realistic for the setting. Queer characters are particularly well represented, with their sexuality just one of the facets of their characterization.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are mild references to sexuality, like when two men slow dance flirtatiously at a party. Expect flirting, kissing, dating.
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Cursing and language includes "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "goddamned," "dick" (meaning "an unkind person").
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink at dinners and get-togethers. A man refers to having had a DUI in high school.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Somebody Somewhere is a series about an adult woman who moves back to her hometown to take care of an ailing family member, then finds herself adrift after her job is done. The vibe on the show is gentle and loving; she soon finds a group of unusual friends and gets comfort and happiness spending time with them. Themes of communication and compassion are shown in storylines in which people misunderstand each other and then find a way to connect again. This series takes place in a small town but doesn't mock the town or its residents, even while our main character doesn't feel entirely at home there. Cursing and language includes "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "goddamned," "dick" (meaning "an unkind person"); sexuality is mild, but expect dating, flirting, kissing. Characters drink at get-togethers, but no one acts drunk. A diverse cast varies in terms of race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual identity, body type, and other factors; all are humanized and realistic characters with agency.
Is It Any Good?
A delicate comedy about the restorative power of human connection, this series hinges on beautiful performances from leads Everett and Hiller, who have a friendship viewers immediately root for. In high school, Joel tells Sam, she was a big deal in the show choir where the two performed together; he's not surprised she doesn't remember him, and, sweetly, doesn't even care; he's just happy to hang out with her as an adult, and to invite her to the quirky little church fellowship group/cabaret that he's been holding in an almost abandoned mall once a week. It's here, at last, that Sam begins to find people she can relate to, the oddballs of her tiny town. As Sam begins, almost imperceptibly at first, to put down the psychic burdens of pain and uncertainty and grief, we can see and even feel her joy and relief in a way that makes it even easier to get hooked on her journey.
In shows like this, the episode synopses read as deadly dull: Sam joins a church choir, Joel and Sam run into conflict at work. All the drama is in the interplay between the characters, who feel real, lived-in, and like people we understand and want the best for. As played sensitively by Everett, Sam is a character viewers won't soon forget, and though Somebody Somewhere's storylines and pleasures are subtle, they're powerfully emotional too.
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