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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this sitcom finds its humor in adult relationships and mature themes such as infidelity and homosexuality. One of the main characters is openly gay and is seen sharing a bed with his partner, and there are references to another character's sexual orientation. Parents should also know that one character is suicidal, but that his depression appears to improve over time.
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What's the story?
Eight members of Mrs. Klinger's third grade class are brought together when newly engaged Ethan Haas (Jason Ritter) invites them to a party to mark the 20th anniversary of the day they all first met: the first day of third grade. Thinking he's got the perfect girl and the perfect life, Ethan is brokenhearted when his fiancee leaves him in front of his former classmates. While Ethan copes with the sting of the break-up, his classmates use the opportunity to build new friendships and rekindle old flames. As they approach their 30s, the former third graders find themselves coping with failed relationships, infidelity, homosexuality, and broken dreams -- in other words, all the trappings of being grown-ups.
Is it any good?
For anyone who ever wondered what happened to their grade-school classmates, THE CLASS lets you see what happens when the former members of one class actually get to find out. Witty and fairly smart -- if not exactly breaking any new sitcom ground -- The Class is produced by David Crane, James Burrows (both executive producers of Friends), and Jeffrey Klarik.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about school friends. Do teens plan to stay in touch with their school friends after they go their separate ways? What causes friends to grow apart over time? Parents can also talk about life goals and meeting those goals. How do people's life goals change over time?
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