Too Close to Home

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Soapy, sluggish drama has strong sexuality, mature themes.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Extramarital affairs, family dysfunction, and power are major themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cast members range from loving and committed to cruel and vengeful.

Violence

Domestic abuse, arguments, threats of violence; guns, rifles visible, sometimes handled by kids.

Sex

Simulated sex acts, crude references; extramarital affairs.

Language

"Bitch," "hell"; curses muted. Stereotypes such as "trailer trash."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A cast member is a drug addict. Alcohol (beer, hard liquor) consumed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tyler Perry's Too Close to Home is TLC's first scripted series (they're known best for their reality programming). It has lots of mature themes, ranging from extramarital affairs and drug addiction to domestic abuse and dealing with aging parents. It contains strong sexual content (including simulated sex acts), strong language, and crude sexual references. Curses are muted. Drinking is visible.

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Adult Written byHanan C. January 13, 2017

WORST ACTING/SCRIPT EVER! great story line

The script is AWFULLL. I kept watching because the story line is good but I cringe 70% of the time
Adult Written byDarren M. September 4, 2017

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What's the story?

Tyler Perry's TOO CLOSE TO HOME is a TLC original drama starring Danielle Savre as Anna, a young woman who left her trailer park home in Happy, Alabama, to pursue a political career in Washington, D.C. In an attempt to cover up her past and live a better life, she cuts all ties with her family, leaving her sister Bonnie (Kelly Sullivan) to manage it all. But a major, highly publicized political scandal involving the president forces Anna to seek refuge at home, which means coping with Jolene (Trisha Rae Stahl), her difficult mother, and her drug-addicted sister Shelby (Brooke Anne Smith). It also means she must confront the problems she left behind, including her rocky relationship with Brody (Brock O’Hurn), while dealing with the fallout from her actions in Washington, D.C., thanks to First Lady Katelyn Thomas (played by Heather Locklear). 

Is it any good?

From steamy encounters to endless family strife, Too Close to Home is a melodramatic series that features lots of intertwining storylines full of over-the-top moments. It's grittier than traditional soap opera fantasies, but there's no shortage of beautiful women, shirtless men, and emotional turmoil.

The writing is clunky at times, and attempts to create dramatic moments often lead to sluggish scenes, some of which include lines that are repeated over and over. As a result, the overall narrative feels like it's moving extremely slowly. Nonetheless, some may still enjoy the guilty pleasure it offers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about soap operas. Where does the term "soap opera" come from? What kinds of elements do soap operas have that separate them from other kinds of dramas?

  • Families can also talk about the difference between reality and scripted TV. Do you think there are some parts of reality TV shows that aren't "real"?

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