A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show mines laughs from professional dysfunction and incompetence.
Positive Role Models
While Ian is mostly capable at work, he's surrounded by incompetence on all sides. His team includes two women in positions of power, but they're just as clueless as the men.
Some audible swearing (including "f--k"), but it's spare. You'll also hear language like "bloody hell" and "for Christ's sake."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the award-winning comedy Twenty Twelve includes some unbleeped swearing in the form of "f--k" and "s--t," along with other iffy phrases like "for Christ's sake." It generally paints a portrait of widespread incompetence surrounding the planning of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Is It Any Good?
Unless you're acutely aware of the details surrounding the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, you may not be overly interested in this bone-dry mockumentary that targets British audiences with largely localized satire. That's not to say Americans won't enjoy it, but it's not likely to appeal to most mainstream viewers in the U.S.
Bonneville (Downton Abbey) plays the straight man as the put-upon Head of Deliverance who has to deal with a wide range of screw-ups, including an Olympic "count down" clock that actually counts backwards, not forwards. But the best lines come from Hynes and Theobold, whose quirky characters are funny mostly because they remind us of people we know.
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