Traffic Light

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Comedy about adult romance and friendship from male POV.

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

Positive Messages

The series highlights how difficult it can be for single men to transition into serious romantic relationships. It also underscores the importance of friendship.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The three men are close friends and are always there to help each other out. They sometimes lie to their significant others to be able to hang out with each other, but they're usually found out.

Violence

Some comedic pushing, shoving, and wrestling that leads to minor injuries.

Sex

Some sexual talk, including references to women’s breasts.

Language

Words like “ass” are audible.

Consumerism

Wii consoles are visible. Music from Chumbawamba is featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol (beer, wine) is visible. Lots of scenes take place in bars.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this adaptation of an Israeli comedy centers on adult men’s struggles to balance their close friendships with the demands of their romantic lives. There's some occasional iffy language (like “ass”), sexual discussion, and social drinking (wine, beer). Characters often lie to each other ... and then get found out. The subject matter may be too mature for tweens (and some teens), but older teens should be able to handle it.

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What's the story?

TRAFFIC LIGHT, a comedy adapted from an award-winning Israeli TV series, centers on three longtime friends who are balancing their friendship with their complicated romantic lives. David Denman stars as Mike, who's trying keep his marriage steady with wife Lisa (Liza Lapira) while still hanging out with the guys. Adam (Nelson Franklin) is trying to adjust to his new life living with girlfriend Callie (Aya Cash), while Ethan (Kris Marshall) enjoys being perpetually single. No matter how difficult their love life may become, it’s never bad enough to break the bond they have between them.

Is it any good?

The series offers a lighthearted look at how men’s lives change once they're in a committed relationship -- and how difficult it can be for them to adjust to these changes. The need to maintain healthy friendships once one is in a relationship is also highlighted.

The show has some silly moments, but it also features good writing and well-timed wit. The fact that it's centered on male adult friends, as opposed to women, also makes it interesting to watch. No doubt that this combination will appeal to sitcom fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how being in a relationship can change people. What are the challenges of being part of a couple? The benefits?

  • Can you tell this show was adapted from a show from another country? Does the show tell a universal story? What do you think was changed in the adaptation?

TV details

For kids who love romantic comedy

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