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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Families are shown as loving and loyal despite their foibles, which include unintended insults, misaligned values, and rude pranks or comments by two characters in particular.
Violence & Scariness
Almost none, but children witness a physical brawl between parents (presented with humor).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex is discussed by many characters, including a 13-year-old, and one couple's sex drought is written into the show. Nothing graphic.
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Infrequent and mild ("bad-ass," "bitch," "what the hell").
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking, especially by one couple. Discussions among parents and teens about possible teen drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this brilliant series is too mature for young teens. While sex is not explicit, it is discussed frequently, even among children. Adults often behave with mild to moderate inappropriateness, revealing confidences and making hurtful judgments, but they also show deep loyalty and caring. The show's large, extended family leaves little room for non-white characters, but one couple is interfaith (WASP and Jewish). Humor is both self-deprecating and pointed. One character plays mean pranks and films the results, while another makes insensitive remarks that are sometimes tolerated in deference to her age and sometimes rebuffed.
Is It Any Good?
The show itself is surprising -- it's innovative and hilarious. The dialogue is part scripted and part improvisational, seamlessly weaving both nuanced and laugh-out-loud moments into themes of family conflicts and bonds. Remarkably, the chuckles you hear will be your own -- there is no laugh track. Handheld cameras give the show the herky-jerk feel of a mockumentary.
Sons & Daughters is a stylistic cousin to Arrested Development, an award-winning, critically beloved series that has never quite found its audience. But where Arrested Development includes many themes of inappropriate adult behavior, Sons & Daughters shows people with foibles finding ways to be a family despite themselves and each other. It raises the bar on family comedies.
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