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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Couple's relationship is groundbreaking, but jokes aren't.

TV PBS Comedy 2014
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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Be careful!

The pigs in this show can be pretty rude. I let my 3 year old watch it fir a while and he turned into a terror! At first the snorting was kinda cute.. But the other things the pigs say and do are pretty bad.. A week after I cut him off and we were back to normal.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Most of the talk about Vicious centers on the fact that its two main characters are aging gay men who've been together for nearly 50 years -- and that those two men are played by distinguished actors McKellen and Jacobi. That's very much worth talking about, considering that McKellen and Jacobi are bona fide stars portraying a dynamic that's rarely seen on television (and certainly not in a single-camera sitcom that's structured solely around the quirks of their relationship).

The thing is, Vicious isn't exactly comedically daring, often falling back on broad humor we've seen a thousand times in other series. And, although the seasoned leads add an element of class to Vicious' mildly funny barbs -- McKellen in particular​ proves to be a lovably self-centered louse -- the result isn't quite as compelling as you'd hope, given the pedigree.

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