A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It follows the life of a mixed-race First Family, but focuses mainly on political corruption and interpersonal dysfunction. Politics, family, parenthood, death, etc. are all themes. Race is sometimes discussed.
Positive Role Models
Nobody has their hands clean in this story, but some of the White House staff want to do good work. The President and the First Lady have their own political and personal agendas, as do many of the people around them. The Hallsens are raising a little girl with good intentions, but things don't always work out the way they expect them to.
The First Family is comprised of a white father, a Black mother, and biracial kids. Most of the cast is Black.
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Violence & Scariness
Physical brawls, including domestic violence (some of which is sexually charged), is visible. Guns are sometimes used. Accusations of rape and other violent acts are made against people (often falsely). Victoria Franklin isn't afraid of threatening or causing physical harm, including against her teenage children.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo, including simulated sex acts and lots of skimpy lingerie and bare skin that occasionally reveal sides of breasts or the tops of bottoms.
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Strong words like "hell" and "ass" and curses like "s--t" are used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (hard alcohol, champagne, etc.) visible. Drug dealing and addiction are themes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tyler Perry's The Oval is a soap opera-like drama that features lots of mature themes, including infidelity, single parenthood, addiction, cult membership, and death. There are lots of steamy, skin-revealing sex scenes (but private parts are mostly covered), cursing, and drinking. Physical assaults (some of which are presented as being sexually charged) and other violent moments are shown, sometimes with guns visible.
Is It Any Good?
This dramatic, albeit formulaic, series features all over-the-top plot lines one expects from a Tyler Perry-produced soap. Cast members unapologetically go to whatever extreme they need to in order grab and and hold on to power. Adding to this are the endless secrets, sexual encounters, and political scandals that come and go throughout each season, all of which are designed to provide viewers with some guilty pleasure. It isn't particularly creative or original, but if you're looking to spend some time watching something that doesn't require a lot of effort, The Oval will provide you with ample entertainment.
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