A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Stay-at-home moms are pitted against working moms; exes do their best to navigate separate lives, but it sometimes gets messy; a divorcee does the best that she can to remake herself.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Though there's no nudity, sex is referenced within the first 10 minutes of the first episode, and constantly in subsequent episodes.
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Pretty tame ("damn," "hell").
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Products & Purchases
Nothing excessive (though the son occasionally plays GameBoy).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Christine and friends occasionally have a glass of wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although Christine spends plenty of heartwarming moments with her third-grader, this sitcom isn't really about parenting. It's actually more adult, dealing humorously with such issues as how middle-class types mingle with their super-rich counterparts, how women size each other up, and how ex-spouses move on and move up in the world.
Is It Any Good?
In the able hands of Louis-Dreyfus, Christine sometimes manages to be complex, but only for a moment, until she's drowned out by the ubiquitous laugh track. All too quickly, the show falls into stereotypes -- the rich-stay-at-home moms are brittle and bitter; the new girlfriend is pretty, and pretty vapid -- but the intended irony may not be clear, especially to young viewers. Instead, they may think new girlfriends of divorced fathers are usually vacuous (and good in bed, if inferences are to be believed); that divorced moms are frantic and sex-starved (one episode mentions "sex" so many times that nothing else seems important); and that children of divorce suffer only from a severe case of flatly written dialogue.
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