A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The idea that outsiders can find each other and bond over their oddness is a fine one, but the show's too silly to take the friendships seriously.
Positive Role Models
Some characters are able to hold a job and keep their lives together, but all are emotionally stunted and lonely.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional violent jokes, as when someone jibes that a wife will castrate a man if he cheats.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Rude jokes about sex, as when one man refers to another "banging" someone's intended or a woman surprises her roommate as two young men come rushing past in states of undress. References to group sex, extreme sexual practices, infidelity.
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Mild cursing: "What the hell?"
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Products & Purchases
Real celebrities, such as Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Gosling, are mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Jokes about drugs (ecstasy); a medical professional huffs gas at a moment of stress. Scenes take place at bars; a character passes another something that looks like a joint.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Weird Loners is a sitcom about a group of emotionally stunted 20-somethings who become neighbors in Manhattan. Jokes are often mature, with references to unusual sexual practices, group sex, body parts, and other ticklish topics. Characters frequently drink in bars and act silly; there are jokes about and visual references to drugs, as when one character passes another something that looks to be a joint. Consequence-free casual sex and infidelity is played for laughs; there are jokes about "banging" offscreen characters.
Is It Any Good?
Neither awful nor wonderful, Weird Loners occupies that sitcom middle ground of not being great enough to purposely switch on but tolerable to watch if it happens to come on and you can't reach the remote. Some of the gags are positively painful. Stosh, clearly pitched as the louche Charlie Sheen-ish of the cast, is dismissed from his job in the pilot for "banging" his boss's fiancé after loosening her up with a hit of ecstasy. On the other hand, his cousin Eric, who's chubby, so obviously he's the more major loser, stages sock-puppet shows on his stairs. Sigh. You laughing yet? Or do you see these "quirks" for what they are: lazy characterization?
And yet, some of the jokes do land. An unrealistically complicated setup lands all four of the main characters on a park bench, pretending to lip-read the vows of a couple getting married. Eric lip-synchs with the minister, explaining that he's marrying them in the name of "our Lord and savior Jimmy Carter! Or Johnny Cash. It's a J.C. name, those are hard to get." Zing! Winning lines like this occur every now and again, and the cast has the charm to pull 'em off when they do. It's just that "not awful" is not really enough to anchor a TV show these days; weird and quirky characters also need to be grounded with some heart.
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