A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Unorthodox subject matter doesn't negate powerful messages about honesty, considering needs of others and oneself, trying to work out long-lasting relationships as they change and develop.
Positive Role Models
Though Ray, Gemma, and Kieran form a somewhat unorthodox relationship, they go about it in an unusually forthright and admirable way. They value their connections to each other and to their families and friends. They are also honest and clear-headed about the consequences of proceeding in their polyamorous relationship, on themselves and those around them. Cast boasts extensive diversity, strong Black leads.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual content is heavy and frequent. Characters have group sex and sex in pairs, with moaning, thrusting, suggestive hand movements, visuals that suggest (but do not show) oral sex and masturbation. Expect same- and opposite-sex kissing and sex, as well as nudity, including male and female bare buttocks, and briefly bared breasts. In one scene, a woman is briefly nude from the front. Characters watch porn on a laptop; we don't see the visuals but hear lots of moaning.
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Infrequent but strong language includes "f--k," "f--king," "bastards," and English vulgarities like "bollocks," "muff," and "twat."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink socially, sometimes to the point of getting silly and flirtatious. They smoke marijuana, including a scene in which a chef scolds employees for smoking in front of a restaurant at 8 a.m., then sneaks a drag before stubbing out the joint.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Trigonometry is a comedy about a financially struggling young couple in London who take in a roommate that ends up leading to a polyamorous relationship between the three of them. Sexual content is frequent, and quite mature. There's group sex and sex in pairs, same- and opposite-sex with male and female nudity (including brief full-frontal female nudity in a nonsexual scene). Along with the sex, there are scenes in which the three main characters flirt and then grapple with the emotions and changes the new relationship has caused in all their lives. Characters and their struggles are realistic, and they're honest about the consequences (good and bad) of proceeding with the relationship, for them and for those in their orbit. The cast is diverse in tems of race, ethnicity, country of origin, gender, and sexual identity, with two strong Black leads anchoring the action. Language is infrequent but includes "f--k" and "bastards," as well as iffy English slang such as "bollocks" and "twat." Characters drink socially and smoke marijuana, including a scene in which a chef scolds her employees for smoking at 8 a.m. and then sneaks a drag before stubbing out the joint.
Is It Any Good?
Sexy, frank, realistic, and lovable, this unique series is definitely for adults, particularly the kind of adult who prefers character development over a plot-driven narrative. Whole moments go by in Trigonometry in which Gemma, Kieran, or Ray are doing something ordinary, like making pasta or showering a night's worth of club glitter off. Still, lustrously photographed and echoing the rhythms of real life, it's enrapturing. The three main characters emerge immediately as specific people. Ray is still tentatively feeling her way into an adult life after a past sacrificed to the Olympics. Gemma is launching a restaurant in an iffy neighborhood on a shoestring. Kieran is shredded by night shifts as an EMT in chaotic London.
The chemistry between the three feels genuine, too, and though the setup sounds gimmicky at first blush, it winds up feeling like something that could happen between people who meet up at a liminal time in their lives, who are young and beautiful and only just calcifying into adulthood with the soft and fuzzy borders that often accompany that process. The emotion and heat is helped along by the gorgeous piano-heavy score, and by the visuals, which make workaday London look every bit as romantically European as audiences could wish for. Trigonometry could have skewed seamy and exploitative. Instead, it's something much more surprising: sweet and easy to like.
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