A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The heroine is a complex character who often falls short when it comes to role modeling. While she's obviously intelligent and successful, she shows a remarkable naivety when it comes to the demands of motherhood and how it might affect her life.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The topic of pregnancy -- and the sex that often leads to it -- is pervasive and often played up for comic effect. Condoms are mentioned, and characters are sometimes shown kissing passionately.
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Occasional mild profanity like "hell" and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
The fictional heroine works for a real-life New York City book publisher, Harper Teen, and the publisher features prominently in the show. Much of the action takes place inside the Harper Teen offices, where the company logo is sometimes visible. Still, the overall effect is subtle.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink socially. One jokes about having been in rehab.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the reproductive focus of this sitcom's central plot -- a successful but single woman in her 30s suddenly decides she wants to have a baby and ends up enlisting a surrogate -- means that a lot of the dialogue revolves around pregnancy and sex. That said, the references are usually suggestive and comic rather than graphic. Characters drink socially and occasionally swear (though "hell" and "damn" are about as strong as it gets).
Is It Any Good?
It's kind of odd to see Posey in something with a laugh track that isn't meant to be ironic, but fans of her big-screen work on should give her first stab at headlining a TV sitcom a fighting chance. Posey's talent for delivering dialogue gets her through more than one so-so joke, and her interplay with Ambrose is particularly fun to watch. The scenes that feature just the two of them are a definite highlight.
That said, the show suffers from a few improbable plot points -- like the fact that Sarah essentially decides to have a baby in the span of a two-and-a-half minute commercial break without fully realizing that it will change her life forever. But once the action gets going, Jezebel James (in case you were wondering, the show's title refers to Coco's mischievous imaginary childhood friend, Jezebel James, who once ate three months' worth of Sarah's birth control pills, among other pranks) is a fun way to spend 30 minutes, with memorable supporting characters and a unique storyline that has real potential.
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