A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Support your friends. Make the best of any opportunities. Don't give up on love. Be honest. Try your best. Have a sense of humor. Work in a team for the best of the group.
Positive Role Models
Characters support each other through hard times, but they also cheat and lie.
Diverse cast includes Americans of Southeast Asian, Indian, Black, and White descent. A gay character flirts with a married friend, implying that they're having an affair.
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Violence & Scariness
Fist fighting and martial arts. Lots of pratfalls and comic peril.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Expect comic sexual references and lewd jokes. Women make jokes about other women's breasts, saying they should be used to attract shoppers. Flirting, kissing, sexual innuendo.
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"Sucks," "damn," "hell."
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Products & Purchases
The narrator praises the joys of capitalism around Christmas in a joking way, but there's lots of unironic glorification of spending money for fun. The show is sponsored by Kohl's. Other brands mentioned or shown are T-Mobile, Subway, Narnia, Oakley, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink "boozy eggnog."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Holiday Shift is a romantic comedy that takes place in a shopping mall. Emphasis on buying stuff and the stagey acting make it feel like an extended commercial. Sexual content includes a reference to women's breasts as something that will entice "dads" to buy things. Expect language like "sucks," "damn," and "hell." Teamwork is the character strength that is exhibited the most in this show.
Is It Any Good?
This unfunny show about mall employees who want to fall in love stoops low to get a laugh. Are viewers really interested in cliches about gay men being indiscriminate lovers? Or jokes about boobs as bait?
The Holiday Shift attempts witty banter among retailers, but there's not enough chemistry or sophistication to charm. Families can ultimately skip this retail-centric show: it doesn't possess the depth to keep its promise of being a love story.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.