A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series pokes fun at the British political system and the people who manage it.
Positive Role Models
Tucker is difficult and often disrespectful. Most of the staff does not like him, but do his bidding for political reasons.
Violence & Scariness
Mild arguments between government staff are frequent. Contains brief references to terrorism, rape, and other mature issues in ways that are intended to be comical.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some crude references to genitals and sexual acts.
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Words like "piss" and "s--t" audible. The word "f--k" is bleeped and/or replaced for American audiences; strong British vocab like "twat" are also used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (beer, wine) is visible on occasion.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Thick of It satirizes the British political system and contains lots of strong language ("piss," "s--t"; the word "f--k" is muted or voiced over), drinking, and some mildly crude references to genitals and sexual acts. It probably won't appeal to younger viewers, but older teens should be able to handle it.
Is It Any Good?
The comedy series, which is is produced in a mock-documentary style, offers a satirical look into the world of British politics, and how British political leaders strive to control the information to make them look good in the media. The way specific political races are woven into its fictitious plot lines is also very clever.
It's entertaining, but viewers unfamiliar with British government and politics may find some of what they discuss here a bit confusing. Others may find the comedic style, which relies heavily on dry wit, very different from what they are used to. But if you are looking for a well-written and well-produced British satire, this one definitely fits the bill.
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