Black Books

2000 TV-14 3 seasons

Black Books

2000 TV-14 3 seasons
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A misanthropic bookshop owner named Bernard Black wakes up from a bender to discover, to his horror, that he's hired cheery Manny Bianco as a clerk. Bernard soon finds that Manny is a natural salesman and the perfect foil for his antisocial rants.
Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3

Summary of Season 1 (2000) - 1 disc

As the abrasive owner of a small London bookstore, Bernard takes great glee in mistreating customers. In series one, Bernard gives a customer a job, drinks wine meant for the Pope and gets locked out of his shop after installing a security system.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that one of the main characters in this offbeat British sitcom is a chain-smoking, bad-tempered alcoholic who's rarely shown without a drink and/or a cigarette in hand. Each of the three main characters is afflicted with various eccentricities that are further exaggerated for comedy. Conversations often touch on sexuality (including drunken encounters), homosexuality, and the positive aspects of heavy drinking, but the rolling repertoire of jokes keeps the tone light and the laughs coming. While it definitely isn't meant for general family viewing, teens (and their parents) who can take the rampant bad behavior in stride will enjoy the show's wit, sarcasm, and delightfully flawed characters.

Sexual Content

Lots of innuendo and jokes about characters' sexual encounters, promiscuity, and homosexuality.


What little violence there is (mostly fistfights) is always played for laughs -- but does occasionally result in bloodiness.


Occasional use of "ass," "bitch," "damn," and "hell." Exclamations like "Oh Christ!" are more common.

Social Behavior

The three main characters have serious flaws, including various neuroses, anti-social behavior, and drunkenness. But somehow the mixture works for their friendship.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One main character is an alcoholic who's rarely without a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other. His friends often join him in his drinking. Much of the show's humor revolves around the ill effects of his dependency, which are always played for laughs.

  • 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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