A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show mines laughs from themes of miscommunication, dishonesty, and negligence. On the plus side, the family generally gets along, sticks together, and tells the truth when it's really important.
Positive Role Models
Everyone in the family is flawed in some way, and they don't always do the right thing. But you can tell they genuinely love each other and want to spend time together.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish violence; no blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex (including sexual acts such as hand jobs) is implied, with some sexual situations (including characters accidentally taking their kids to a strip club), blurred nudity, sexually charged kissing, etc.
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Unbleeped language includes "s--t" in its various forms ("dips--t," "horses--t," "bulls--t"), "bitch," and the like.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking, sometimes to excess; characters smoke cigarettes, vaping cigars, and marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents needs to know that The Detour is an edgy comedy made for adults, even though the premise of a family road trip makes it seem like it might be OK for kids. You'll hear strong, unbleeped language (including "s--t" in several forms) and see story lines that involve drug use (including marijuana that's both smoked and ingested) and some sexy stuff (including implied intercourse and sex acts such as hand jobs), though sensitive parts are blurred out. There's also some comedic violence (a car crashes into a ditch, a man fires a flare gun into the air) but no blood.
Is It Any Good?
The family-vacation plot has been done before, both in classic (National Lampoon's Vacation) and forgettable (RV) fashion; thankfully, this series makes it feel fresh. In fact, with creative storytelling, edgy humor, and great performances, it almost plays like a big-screen comedy, but one that's delivered in measured doses to keep us coming back for more.
The Detour was created by husband-and-wife team Jason Jones and Samantha Bee, who claim their own real-life family-vacation experiences inspired some of the story. (And to that, we fire back: "WHICH PARTS?") Adults who like quirky humor will definitely get the laughs they came for. But given the strong language, comedic drug use, and on-screen sex jokes (including a faraway visual of a grandmother giving her elderly husband a hand job), it's iffy for older teens at best.
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