A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
An unmarried couple lives and sleeps together. Occasional rude gestures (the English equivalent of flipping someone off).
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing and occasional sex talk (like "you deep inside me" or "caressing my body"). In one scene, a couple has just finished having sex in the bathtub (none of which is shown), and the man's butt is exposed. Female characters are shown in bras and panties, and they mention breasts and nipples.
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"Damn," "ass," and "asshole" are sporadic.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults occasionally drink wine or champagne.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this British sitcom -- which catalogs the many mishaps of an unlucky fellow during the days leading up to momentous life events -- includes brief nudity (a man's naked butt and a woman in lacy underwear), some strong language, and sexual references, but it's probably nothing teens haven't already seen or heard. Some potentially upsetting issues are played for laughs, like the death of a family pet (he's accidentally tossed into a cement mixer) and an unfortunate incident at a relative's funeral. But teens who can handle the content will get some chuckles at the expense of the unlucky characters.
Is It Any Good?
The only real downside to this funny series -- which, in later seasons, follows Howard and Mel through events like buying a house and having a baby -- is its close resemblance to similarly themed movies. Specifically, fans of Meet the Parents will notice that a lot of the first-season plot elements appear to have been lifted straight out of the movie, including the unyielding curmudgeon of a soon-to-be father-in-law, a troublesome family pet, and even stars with nearly identical names (Ben Miller vs. Ben Stiller). If you can see past the parallels, you'll enjoy the show's amusing -- if at times predictable -- mishaps. Just make sure your teens are ready for the sexual references, mild nudity, and occasional strong language.
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