A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series paints a fairly realistic picture of the struggles of modern parents balancing the demands of work and family. The stay-at-home dad and working mom challenge stereotypical gender roles, although the issues that they face (division of labor in the home, self-doubt, and feeling lost in their new parental roles) transcend the change. Recurring themes include conflict resolution, communication, and the evolution of relationships.
Positive Role Models
Reagan and Chris aren't perfect as parents or partners, but they recognize their mistakes and work together to improve their situation. Their love for their daughter and commitment to family life take priority, even when that puts them in awkward situations with an employer or with friends. They do succumb to the pressures of parenthood, though, and are known to drink to cope.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Married couples are seen cuddling in bed, and men walk around shirtless. Sexy talk includes references to "doing it," "making out," and dressing "slutty" to appeal to a partner. Couples kiss, and brief same-sex kissing is played for humor.
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Most of the salty stuff is bleeped, including "f--k," "damn," and "s--t." "Ass" is audible, along with marginal language like "screw" and "pissed."
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Products & Purchases
Clips from and references to other NBC shows like Today and Ellen are sometimes incorporated into the storyline.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults often drink beer, wine, and mixed concoctions to unwind, and in some cases, overindulgence affects their behavior and causes hangovers the next day. A main character's habitual drinking is played for humor and has little consequence.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sitcom has adult dialogue that references sexual topics like "doing it" and "making out," and couples are affectionate (kissing, embracing in bed) with each other on screen. Salty language ("ass," mostly) is occasional, although most of the rough stuff -- like "f--k" and "s--t" -- is bleeped. The show is best appreciated by adults who will identify with the characters' struggles with new parenthood, but its themes about open communication, respect, and healthy relationships are worthy of teens' time, too. Watch out for examples of drinking as a coping mechanism, and use the instances to talk with your teen about the real-life consequences of alcohol use.
Is It Any Good?
Parenthood and comedy go together like peanut butter and jelly in the TV world, and many a sitcom has relied on the follies of child-rearing for staying power on the tube. Up All Night's talented cast helps viewers overlook its recycled premise, and modern families will appreciate that it shakes up the traditional family make-up by making Mom the breadwinner and Dad the homemaker. There's also an honesty to the content that reflects the issues that real families face, giving grown-ups a chance to chuckle over woes to which they likely can relate.
Teens might get a kick out of some of the scenes -- particularly those featuring Rudolph's outrageous portrayal of an Oprah-esque, co-dependent TV personality with larger-than-life dreams -- but it's really meant for those viewers who can identify with Chris and Reagan's predicament. If teens do watch, though, they'll come away with the sense that although life is never perfect, the journey is worthwhile when love and communication exist within the family structure.
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