Tell Me You Love Me

TV review by Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Sex-focused show is shockingly real. Adults only.

HBO Drama 2007

Parents say

age 18+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 18+

Based on 1 review

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age 18+

Graphic sexuality destroys the message of the series

Tell Me You Love Me was made nearly 10 years ago and while sexuality on TV has gotten more and more graphic, thankfully this series didn't have an influence on more recent shows otherwise there'd be hardcore on NBC by now. Although the actors claim the sex was simulated (I will take their word for it but there are scenes where you will doubt), the fact is the sex is a distraction. It is so graphic that you'll completely miss the next scenes and dialogue because unless you'll be going "how did they get away with that?" Most notable is the handjob scene in the first episode which is done on a visible penis (a prosthetic to be sure, but still supposed to represent a real penis), ending with graphic ejaculation. Listening to the DVD commentary you hear the show's creator bend over backwards trying to justify it and trying to make viewers offended by it feel guilty. Well sorry, not buying it. And at times it feels like the show is just there to go from one sex scene to the next. Masters of Sex is another series where sex is part of the plot but they don't see the need to be anywhere near as graphic. Which might explain why Masters of Sex has survived for several seasons and Tell Me You Love Me was punted by HBO after only a single, brief season. If you want to see the guy from Parks and Recreation get a handjob or see how low a respected actress like Jane Alexander could go in the latter stages of her career, this is the show for you. Otherwise, don't bother. An intelligent, well-performed show for adults about people's sex lives is possible without having to go to pornographic lengths. Sometimes people say "adult" shows are OK for mature teens and kids. The only value in Tell Me You Love Me is as an object lesson on how sexual explicitness can ruin a perfectly good concept and exploit a talented cast.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 18+
Some people here it's doing a review for the content and not the quality.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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