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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Single motherhood and navigating relationships are major themes.
Positive Role Models
Katherine is strong, free-spirited, bawdy, runs a small business, and is a dedicated mother. Characters support one another and are forgiving and gracious.
Violence & Scariness
Things are occasionally hit or thrown, but these acts are infrequent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
It contains strong sexual innuendo, and references to "doing her" and "banging." Nudity is briefly visible in photographs. Katherine makes tasteful pottery featuring nude women. Sperm donation and getting pregnant is a theme.
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Words like "p---y" "bitch," and "f--k" are frequently used, and cast members use rude gestures.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking over meals is visible. Drug addiction ruined a character's career.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Duchess is a TV series about an outrageous Canadian single mom raising her tween daughter in the United Kingdom. There's lots of strong sexual innuendo, crude references to sex like "banging," and occasional brief nudity. Strong language includes "p---y," "bitch," and "f--k" and cast members use rude gestures. Sperm donation and getting pregnant are central themes. Sometimes things are hit or thrown. Characters drink alcohol, and drug addiction is referenced in some episodes.
Is It Any Good?
This outrageous series offers lots of adult humor that reflects Katherine Ryan's standup comedy style. The fictional Katherine is unapologetically rude and improper, especially to people she doesn't like. Her obvious love for her daughter, as well as her fears of being trapped in another unhappy relationship, reveals a few vulnerabilities. But she ultimately stands on her own, and is able to handle things that come her way, even if she does so indecorously.
There are some funny moments, most of which are driven by Katherine's narcissistic, free-spirited, and off-color approach to the world. However, after a while, some of the antics become more silly and annoying than humorous. It's not a show for everyone. But for fans of Katherine Ryan's work, or this type of comedy, The Duchess will fetch some laughs and is worth tuning into.
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