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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Though it can be edgy, the underlying message seems to be that no matter how bad things get, there's always support available.
Positive Role Models
It doesn't go out of its way to make Audrey and her fellow new moms sympathetic characters, but it does show them working through real-life struggles with parenthood in a positive and unflinching way.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's a lot of simulated sex,including nudity, and one of the major threads is how new parents rekindle their sex lives after the birth of their children.
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All of the swear words: "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "a--hole," etc.
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Products & Purchases
There's some practical consumerism, as the moms talk about parenting books and tools.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There's a recurring character of a drug-dealer and some mention of casual cocaine use. Characters are constantly drinking, and there are mentions of alcoholism and narcotics addiction.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Letdown is an Australian comedy about what it's like to be a new mom. It uses dark humor to explore the awkwardness and uncertainty of early parenthood. The show goes beyond a surface-level depiction of parenthood, addressing problems ranging from incontinence to the difficulty of rekindling a romantic relationship after giving birth. While The Letdown is consistently funny, it doesn't shy away from the messiness of parenthood and trying to maintain one's sense-of-self in the midst of the disruptive physical, mental and lifestyle changes that parenthood can bring.
Is It Any Good?
This series frames itself as an edgy comedy, as new mom Audrey curses, drinks, and forgets her child in various places. Then, slowly, it opens up to show that these are all coping mechanisms of someone who feels overwhelmed. As Audrey negotiates the changes in her life, from sleep-deprivation to "mom brain" to unsympathetic friends, her brash persona is tempered by genuine heart.
Interestingly, The Letdown doesn't focus on Audrey's actual relationship with her newborn daughter at all. Instead, it's about coping with all of the unexpected changes in her adult world, and how they challenge everything she thought she knew. Parents will likely laugh in recognition of all the messy rites of passage that Audrey goes through. For younger viewers that haven't seen or experienced the difficulties of early parenthood, The Letdown could be revelatory.
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