A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While the show gets a lot of comedic mileage out of mocking modern relationships, it also sends a strong positive message about the value of long-term relationships and the hard work involved in maintaining them over years, whatever form they may take.
Positive Role Models
The two lead characters offer a good example of a mostly positive romantic relationship that has lasted a long time. The supporting characters provide less positive examples and are set up to represent various modern stereotypes of how relationships can go wrong.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Most of the show's jokes touch on sex in some fashion, such as the frequency of sexual contact between a longtime couple. Character relationships are also defined solely by their romantic or sexual connections -- one friend is dating a younger man, another is constantly chasing one-night stands. The main characters aren't married but live together.
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Frequent use of words including "damn" and "balls." Interactions between characters frequently focus on somewhat derogatory one-liners and mockery.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink socially and frequently make alcohol-related jokes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sitcom focuses on relationships and features a great deal of sex-related comedy and activity, including occasional heavy kissing that's suggested to be a prelude to intercourse. Overall the series' main characters (who live together but aren't married) provide a positive example of male/female relationships, although supporting characters illustrate some common negative stereotypes about how men and women relate to one another.
Is It Any Good?
Created, executive produced, and starring comedienne Cummings, Whitney is almost a relic of a bygone age. A three-camera comedy "filmed before a live studio audience" in an era when single-camera shows dominate the networks, Whitney distills the star's stand-up act and comedic vision into an ensemble sitcom that explores the fallacies of modern romantic relationships from a number of angles.
In a sense, the stereotypical sitcom demands of a laugh every 5 to 15 seconds work against the show's desire to provide a more incisive view of relationships. There's also a heavy emphasis on sexuality, which is appropriate for a show about adult romance but becomes an easy crutch on which the writing frequently leans for cheap jokes. In the moments where the writing is able to cut through the haze of laugh tracks and callbacks, the show has some entertaining insights on how to negotiate a long-term relationship.
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