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Welcome to the Captain

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Generic, Hollywood-set sitcom has some iffy stuff.

TV CBS Comedy 2008
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While Josh and Hope have chemistry, the show suffers from the clichés and stereotyping that seem endemic to sitcoms. Madrigal plays his character as an odd ethnic caricature, and, as an aging star, Raquel Welch swishes around in leopard-print negligees and seduces young men -- a tired representation of older women and their sexuality. Later, when Marty finds out that Josh has slept with her, Marty gets a grossed-out look on his face, as if the older woman's sexuality is inherently unappealing.

Other comments -- like "she's German, so she's very organized" -- are worn-out stereotypes played for cheap laughs. Overall, with the show's adult themes and regular (albeit off-screen) sex, it's iffy for kids and bland filler for adults with nothing better to do.

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