A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show isn't positioned as an educational series, but viewers will learn lessons about acceptance and diversity.
The show raises awareness about people with obvious differences without being preachy.
Positive Role Models
Bill and Jen are open and honest about the challenges that their stature poses, but neither ever wallows in negativity about their circumstances. They're both successful professionals, and their struggles and joys in the early stages of their marriage will resonate with most couples.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Bill and Jen often kiss in front of the camera, and there's some rare insinuation of sexual activity. In one scene, for example, they glance knowingly at each other and say they're going to bed -- and in the next scene there's giggling in the background as someone hangs a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the hotel door.
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Infrequent instances of "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The couple -- and other adults in social settings -- often drink wine or other alcoholic beverages with dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Little People, Big World spin-off raises awareness about people with differences by immersing viewers in everyday life of a newlywed couple with dwarfism. Although Bill and Jen sometimes discuss how hurtful some people's reactions to them can be, the show focuses more on their very typical relationship issues (he criticizes her driving, she thinks he's a control freak) than on how their unique circumstances set them apart. Ultimately it celebrates the human spirit and celebraes the things we all have in common.
Is It Any Good?
It's impossible not to be intrigued by this obviously unique couple, but what's most striking about Bill and Jen is their ability to turn the focus away from what makes them different and direct it at what they have in common with everyone else. Most of the issues that arise are standard newlywed fare (his tendency to be overprotective, her expensive tastes in clothes, etc.), which allows viewers to relate to them on a personal level. Both have a natural ease with the camera and an unassuming way of handling sensitive topics like people's hurtful stares or comments, leaving viewers inspired by their warmth and a little more aware of how to handle similar situations.
This series is full of great messages for adults and kids alike. Bill and Jen have a loving, mutually respectful relationship, and none of the show's content seems forced for the camera's sake. Both are successful professionals (he's a businessman, she's a doctor), they dream about building a home and starting a family, and they're obviously comfortable with who they are. Bottom line? The Little Couple is a big reminder that despite our outward differences, underneath it all we're pretty much the same.
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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.