Slings & Arrows

2003 NR 3 seasons

Slings & Arrows

2003 NR 3 seasons
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Washed-up actor Geoffrey Tennant's failing attempts to run the Shakespearean New Burbage Festival are rescued by his brilliant mentor, who happens to be a ghost. While staging the Bard's plays, Tennant wrangles fussy actors and demanding sponsors.
Paul Gross, Martha Burns, Don McKellar, Mark McKinney, Oliver Dennis, Stephen Ouimette, Susan Coyne, Graham Harley, Michael Polley, Catherine Fitch, Leon Pownall, Rothaford Gray, Sean Cullen, Matt Fitzgerald
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3

Summary of Season 1 (2003) - 2 discs

Struggling to run a Shakespeare festival, actor Geoffrey Tennant gets valuable assistance from an unusual source: the ghost of his beloved mentor. But a hostile leading lady and a slightly dim male star stand in their way.
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this intelligent, creative Canadian ensemble comedy series is definitely intended for adults. Characters swear, drink, and use drugs, and there's brief partial male nudity (buttocks) and some strong -- albeit funny -- simulated sex scenes. The sophisticated writing and focus on classic Shakespearean theater probably isn't for a lot of teens, but those who've been in plays or taken drama classes may enjoy the mix of behind-the-scenes humor and contemporary comedy.

Sexual Content

Kissing/making out and strong (but funny) simulated sex scenes. Brief male nudity (backside). Various metaphors used to connote certain sexual acts.


Occasional slapping. While meant to be funny, on at least one occasion it results in a bloody lip. Some characters are seen dueling with swords, but this is more comedic than violent.


"Tits", "ass," "s--t," "f--k," and more. But the swearing isn't gratuitous.

Social Behavior

The show emphasizes the beauty and value of Shakespeare, as well as the tension that emerges between the theater as an art form and as a business. The characters are eccentric and flawed, but they're not bad people. Cast is primarily Caucasian, but some secondary actors are African and Asian. Several characters are homosexual.


Highlights various works of Shakespeare and makes references to various plays and musicals shown both in Canada and on Broadway, including "Mama Mia."

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Frequent consumption of cigarettes and alcohol. Consumption of marijuana is referenced and occasionally visible. Characters sometimes get very drunk or high.

  • 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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