Close Enough





Emily Clark

TV Series Review

A lot of people in their 20s find that transitioning from their teen years into “adulthood” is hard. You have to pay the bills, do the dishes, make your own doctor appointments. And somehow, there’s this belief that once you hit 30, you’ll have it all figured out.

Unfortunately for Josh and Emily, that moment of clarity never came. They’re now in their 30s and still trying to figure it all out. And with 5-year-old daughter Candice in tow, they don’t really have a whole lot of wiggle room to start fresh if it all falls apart.

So, they make adjustments—like moving in with their divorced best friends, Alex and Bridgette, to save money. It allows them to pay for Candice to go to school in a better district, but it also means putting some of their dreams on hold.

It’s not perfect by any means, but it’s close enough.

Not Quite Close Enough

Close Enough was created by J.G. Quintel (who also voices Josh in the series), the creator of Cartoon Network’s Regular Show (which starred an anthropomorphic blue jay and raccoon). And fans of Quintel’s earlier cartoon will recognize similarities in the writing and animation—even if each 15-episode takes place in a world that looks a little more like our own.

But they should also exercise caution. While Regular Show maintained a TV-PG rating during its stint on Cartoon Network, Close Enough is coming out of the gate with a TV-14 rating. Foul language (up to and including the s-word), crude references to sex and more than a few questionable—albeit animated—scenes involving near-nudity are all prevalent in the series.

The show, much like its characters, isn’t perfect. But it’s also not quite close enough.

Episode Reviews

July 9, 2020, Episode 1: “Quilty Pleasures”

Emily and Josh are determined to prove their parenting skills after Candice’s teacher calls them out for picking Candice up late from school and for Candice failing to turn her assignments in on time.

A couple makes out. We then see them post-coitus hidden by a quilt. People talk about sex. A man nicknames his pet bird “BJ” and his wife slaps him for the reference to oral sex. We see a man without his shirt on. A child makes a quilt of her family where they are all nude (with critical body parts pixelated).

A hawk cuts the head off a smaller bird. Several people are kicked, punched and tackled. Someone is tackled by a human-sized rat, which is then set on fire. A man falls off a roof. A little girl crashes after performing a dangerous skating stunt. People are tossed around by a strong air current. Two people are thrown out of a car. We see a mannequin that has been decorated to look like it has been trampled by horses with its intestines spilling out. Someone suggests that a child lost his hands in a sweatshop accident.

Several orphans beg for parents. Candice tells her teacher that she received ice cream for dinner the last time her parents were late so that she wouldn’t remember that they forgot about her. A man says his dad moved out when he was 4. A woman says she is divorced.

People drink margaritas. A man is pickpocketed. Someone says a factory smells like rat urine. Bugs crawl out of a woman’s mouth. A scorpion is frozen in a popsicle, which then causes a child to breath fire. Several children turn into old people during the night. We hear several uses of the s-word, as well as “h—,” “d–mit,” “p-ss” and “dumba–.” There are also several misuses of God’s name.

July 9, 2020, Episode 2: “The Perfect House”

Emily finds herself trapped in a sitcom after fantasizing about the “perfect life” at an open house.

People are injured by cacti. A kid falls off his bike. We see a man covered in scrapes and bruises.

A woman lifts her shirt (with black censor bars covering her breasts). We see a man and woman in nothing but their underwear (though it isn’t sexual). A man carries a naked blow-up sex doll in his car. A man asks his wife if she is cheating.

A child star (and emancipated minor) is sad that she’ll never have a “normal” life. There is a repeated joke about a man not having any family.

Someone tries to make a connection between Garfield and Jesus. A woman says her body is a paintbrush that her spirit inhabits. We see a moonshine bottle filled with urine. A bird poops on a woman. People joke about wine. We see a picture of wine in the background. A woman makes a crude hand gesture, but her hands are covered by black censor bars. We hear the s-word, “h—” and “b–tard,” as well as a few misuses of God’s name. Some curse words are bleeped out by a censor.

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Emily Clark
Emily Clark

Emily studied film and writing when she was in college. And when she isn’t being way too competitive while playing board games, she enjoys food, sleep, and indulging in her “nerdom,” which is the collective fan cultures of everything she loves, such as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

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