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The Class



Childhood friends reunite as adults; OK for teens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series presents friendship as a positive thing, but it also includes storylines about infidelity. A marriage between a straight woman and a gay man is a source of humor; a positive relationship between two gay men is included. Depicts a man attempting to commit suicide as being funny.

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Dialogue includes sexual innuendo (mostly the type likely to go over younger viewers' heads). Some making out, but no simulated sex acts.


Mild: "crap," etc.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Adult consumption of wine. A man swallows a handful of prescription pills and then spits them out.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:September 18, 2006
Cast:Andrea Anders, Jason Ritter, Jesse Tyler Ferguson
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byThe_It_Girl April 9, 2008


hilarious! thats all i got!!!!!!
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008


Well I saw this show on it's season preimere and I thought it was kinda funny. But the show does have some stuff that younger kids shouldn't watch. Like it has some gay/les features and it once had a mother uses some foul lanquage against her young daughter. But over all it's just really funny. I would recommend this to 12 and older.


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