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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about caring for others, working with groups, and using your voice for change.
Positive Role Models
Characters display empathy, caring, the ability to put the greater good above their own needs. They don't always make the best choices, but that demonstrates their humanity.
Main cast features two women of color whose racial backgrounds are key to their stories. Ji-Yoon's extended family and her adopted daughter (who's Latina) also have substantial storylines. Still, The Chair is part of a TV trend (e.g. Succession, The White Lotus) that's largely about American racial and class dynamics but still features White creators and a largely White cast.
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Violence & Scariness
Accidents and pratfalls that cause physical harm and are played for comedy, but no person-on-person violence. A character sets a small fire in her office. Arguments.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing. Some comedy around sex and sexual situations. References to orgasm/"c-mming." Some nonsexualized nudity (male backside nudity while urinating; topless pregnant woman).
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Profanity is used frequently throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "ass," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters in The Chair are frequently seen drinking, sometimes to excess, and sometimes smoking pot.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Chair is a comedy about Ji-Yoon Kim (Sandra Oh), the first woman of color to take over as department chair at a prestigious liberal arts university. Thematically, the show is about the difficulty of making changes in a predominantly White institution, despite popular demand for those changes. However, The Chair is also part of a trend of shows about American racial and class dynamics that still feature White creators and a mostly White cast. The show is built around edgy humor. It features sexual situations, some nonsexualized nudity, alcohol, marijuana, and profanity throughout ("f--k," "s--t," etc.). Characters don't always make the best choices, but their intentions are sincere.
Is It Any Good?
The Chair is an entertaining series with an incredible cast supporting star Sandra Oh. The list includes underrated character actors David Morse, Bob Balaban, and Holland Taylor, who gives an energetic and unexpected take on a tenured lit professor. The series offers a look at how race and age dictate decision-making in academia, though it doesn't quite fully bite into a sharp comedy of manners the way, say, The White Lotus and Succession do. Instead, the series focuses on Ji-Yoon's personal life, which makes it more of a pleasant but unsurprising romantic comedy. It's a beach read that perhaps could have been a richer novel.
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