About a Boy

2014 TV-PG 1 season

About a Boy

2014 TV-PG 1 season
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Will Freeman loves being immature, carefree and single, until his new neighbors -- ditzy single mom Fiona and eccentric 11-year-old Marcus -- invade his life, and Will finds his scheme to exploit them foiled by unexpected feelings of responsibility.
David Walton, Minnie Driver, Benjamin Stockham, Al Madrigal, Anjelah Johnson
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2014) - 2 discs

Rich unemployed songwriter Will loves his life just as it is: fun, free and selfish. So he's not happy when his quirky 11-year-old neighbor Marcus starts hanging out at his place -- until he realizes that pretending to be a single dad attracts women.
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that About a Boy is a comedy about a devil-may-care playboy who forms a relationship with his 11-year-old next-door neighbor and his single mom (it's based on the same-named movie). The bonds of family and friendship are front and center here, and the comedy is rather sweet. However, characters drink frequently on-screen and act drunk and silly. Main character Will seems to live in a world strewn with women in micro miniskirts and willing young ladies who buy his lines and are willing to come home with him and romp around in bed or out in lingerie. There they may get caught by 11-year-old Marcus, who says, "Cool, a bra." Parents beware.

Sexual Content

Two out of three of the main adult characters are single and looking; Will in particular seems to have inordinate luck with ladies who enjoy lounging around his house in lingerie. There are sexual jokes, jokes about body parts, and references to sex and "getting laid," and Will seems to inhabit a world in which there are scantily clad nubile young women wherever he goes.


Marcus is occasionally threatened by bullies; there is light menace.


Some four-letter words such as "hell" and "damn," as well as salty language such as "that sucks" and a man being called a "puss."

Social Behavior

The characters on the show are well-meaning and often there for each other when the chips are down; nonetheless, adults engage in questionable behavior and aren't always responsible, which is played for laughs. Also, there's lots of sexism in the way the main character is dishonest with women to get them into bed and how he brings the kid into his schemes.


Real celebrities such as Lil Jon are mentioned and guest-star.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters drink wine and beer on-screen and make references to being drunk. Will takes 11-year-old Marcus to a party where guests are swilling cocktails and Marcus has a drink that looks like juice but has an umbrella in it.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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