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Working Class



Lighthearted comedy deals with some mature topics.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series offers a lighthearted reminder of some of the differences between the way people of different socioeconomic backgrounds look at the world. It also centers on how hard it is to be a single mother and support a family.

Positive role models

Carli is a hard-working single parent of children of multiple husbands. Nick is a loving brother and uncle, but his social life sometimes makes him a less than ideal role model.


Contains occasional references to guns, but none are visible. 


Contains some mild sexual discussion, including references to "fake boobs" and getting to "second base." Homosexuality is also mentioned. Nick is somewhat of a "ladies man." Shotgun weddings are referenced. One episode features someone looking down Carli's blouse.

Not applicable

References are made to Members Only clothes, Lexus cars, and to books like Eat, Pray, Love.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Contains lots of references to drinking (wine, vodka, etc.); consumption of beer and wine visible. One episode features a cast member getting high on nitrous oxide.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comedy series is lighthearted and funny, but contains some superficial discussions of mature topics like dating, multiple marriages, and divorce. It also contains some mild sexual discussions. Drinking (wine, beer, hard liquor) is often mentioned and sometimes visible. That said, the show is pretty mild when compared to other television comedies.

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What's the story?

WORKING CLASS, CMT’s first scripted comedy series, stars Melissa Peterman as Carli Mitchell, a divorced single mother with a wild past who moves her kids to an upscale suburb to give them a better life. When she’s not at home with teenagers Scott (Lachlan Buchanan) and Pam (Courtney Merritt), and young son Will (Cameron Castaneda), she works at a local grocery store with co-worker Hank Greziak (Ed Asner) and her handsome boss Rob Parker (Patrick Fabian). Carli’s adult brother, the party-loving Nick Garrett (Steve Kazee), also makes her life interesting. Making ends meet isn’t easy, but she manages with lots of hard work and her unique working class flair.

Is it any good?


The series offers a lighthearted look at single motherhood, family, and friendship. It also revolves around the cultural differences people from lower economic and/or social levels experience when they move into more upscale neighborhoods.

It’s pretty mild, but the brief references to bad marriages, divorce, dating, drinking, and other adult-related topics, though handled very superficially, may be too mature for younger viewers. That being said, the show contains lots of funny moments that make the series an entertaining viewing choice.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about TV comedies. Is it appropriate to talk about serious topics like bad marriages and divorce in a humorous manner? Why or why not? Are there topics that should never be treated as a source of humor?

  • Are there any stereotypes in this show?

TV details

Cast:Ed Asner, Melissa Peterman, Steve Kazee
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written bystripesanddots February 2, 2011
This is the most hilarious show I have ever seen! I really like it. There is some sexual content and language, but not too much.
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Too much sex
Too much swearing


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