Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this all-star ensemble drama from the creator of The West Wing explores thought-provoking, grown-up issues like censorship, office politics, ethics, and media bias -- topics that are worth discussing with older teens but might not interest them. If teens do want to watch, parents should be aware that illegal drug use is part of the storyline, but the focus is on addiction recovery and staying clean.
One character, who is an attractive woman, is accused of using her sexuality to climb the corporate ladder. Relationship issues and some talk of sex, but very little besides kissing is shown. Characters are sometimes shown in underwear/skimpy clothes, generally in the context of changing backstage between skits.
Words like "ass," "bitchy," "damn," "balls," "sons of bitches," and "hell" are used occasionally.
Characters make complex ethical decisions and deal with the consequences, for better or worse. A strong female character holds a prominent posiiton of power.
NBC is mentioned once in dialogue. Purists could argue that regular guest stars who appear as themselves (like Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives) are promoting themselves and their projects.
Drugs / Tobacco /
One character is flying high on prescription drugs like Vicodin when we first meet him; another has an on-again, off-again problem with cocaine addiction. Characters are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes in social situations.