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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's no real sense of a positive message; the tone is decidedly self-deprecating on a variety of topics, from friendship and fatherhood to fame.
Positive Role Models
Paul and his friends have good intentions, but they screw up most of the time. Fathers are involved in their children's lives, but they're portrayed as hapless. Husbands and wives are harried and disconnected, etc.
Violence & Scariness
Physical comedy includes accidental punching, slapping, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual innuendo, including allusions to sex in the context of marriage. Talk about being gay and coming out of the closet, etc.
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Bleeped (but infrequent) swearing includes "s--t" and "f--k"; audible terms range from "hell" to "testicles."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Rare social drinking. A secondary character owns a restaurant/bar, so some scenes take place there.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this adult-oriented primetime sitcom features occasional bleeped swearing ("s--t" and "f--k") in addition to audible words like "hell" and "testicles." There's also some sexual innuendo and allusions to having -- or not having -- sex in the confines of marriage. A few scenes take place in a bar/restaurant owned by a secondary character, and there's a little bit of physical comedy, too.
Is It Any Good?
It's painful when a sitcom isn't funny, particularly when the star is a likeable comic actor who charmed audiences in the past opposite Helen Hunt in the long-running and relatable relationship comedy Mad About You. But that's the unfortunate reality of The Paul Reiser Show, an unintentionally sober comeback that succeeds only in setting Reiser further back.
Whether it's due to the random casting of actors who have no apparent chemistry with their leading man or lead-balloon writing that often fails to inspire even a chortle, The Paul Reiser Show just isn't working. And, sadly, that same description might soon apply to Reiser himself.
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