Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that the plot of this unconventional drama is driven by a core cast of mainly adult characters who share sordid details about their lives with a therapist who has problems of his own. Self-destructive behaviors discussed in each episode range from simple lying to adultery, and one 16-year-old patient is suspected of having suicidal tendencies because she rode her bike into oncoming traffic. While the series is too intense for kids, older teens should be emotionally capable of processing the complex emotions embedded in the content. But the format is so cerebral that it's unlikely they'll really want to watch.
Sex isn't part of every episode, but a few characters do discuss it graphically. One woman, for example, describes a sexual encounter she had with a stranger in a bathroom stall. The same woman confesses she has sexual feelings for her therapist.
Most of the "action" involves two people sitting down and talking. But conversations occasionally mention violent acts, including teen suicide and an overseas bombing that killed a group of schoolchildren.
Explicit language (like "f--k" and "motherf--ker") isn't used constantly, but a few characters do use it liberally -- and it's not bleeped.
Every character -- including the therapist -- is flawed and morally ambiguous. As a result, there are no clear-cut role models. Self-destructive behaviors (from lying to adultery) are discussed in each episode.
Drugs / Tobacco /
A few adult characters mention drinking to excess, but they aren't shown doing it.