Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23

Common Sense Media says

Rude bad-girl buddy comedy is full of sexual humor.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Amidst all the comic mean-girl action is the idea that friendship is important and that women should look out for each other. But most of the humor derives from the main character's "morals of a pirate," which means she lies, cheats, and steals with abandon.

Positive role models

June is depicted as kindly and naive in comparison to Chloe, but all of the characters do things like lie, cheat, and sleep around.

Violence

Occasional comic violence -- like a woman throwing a lamp at her cheating lover. Some arguing.

Sex

Tons of sexual innuendo, language, and humor. Occasional implied sex performed comically with no nudity. Jokes about masturbation (including a neighbor who seems to be masturbating while talking to the main characters) and pedophilia, plus implied rampant casual sex, references to lesbian sex "in a pinch," and a main character who's cheerfully referred to as a "whore." In one scene, the main character appears fully nude, with sensitive parts blurred.

Language

Lots of sexual language; for example, female genitalia is referred to as the "lady cave." Also, "bitch," "screw," "ass," and "hell."

Consumerism

Mario Kart is mentioned at least once.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters frequently consume cocktails (including shots) and have interactions at bars. One joke involves the main character peddling illegal drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 is chock full of sexual humor and situations, including implied masturbation and simulated sex (no nudity). It's all tongue-in-cheek, but it's also likely that parents will want to steer their teens away from watching the comically amoral main character as she steals, cheats, and lies -- even if she occasionally redeems herself and seems to have some good sense deep down. Aside from the sexual humor, expect plenty of drinking (including one scene in which an adult gets a kid drunk in order to hear his secrets), and some language ("bitch," "screw," etc.).

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

June (Dreama Walker) is a naive small-town girl who moves to New York City to take a big corporate job, only to find that her new company has been shut down on her very first day. Looking for a roommate to share expenses until things get better, she stumbles upon Chloe (Krysten Ritter), a con artist and the titular "b----" in DON'T TRUST THE B---- IN APARTMENT 23. Somehow the two girls become friends, and with the help of Chloe's "straight gay BFF" James Van Der Beek (played by himself, with Dawson's Creek jokes intact), the two navigate life, love, and a whole lot of sex in the big city.

Is it any good?

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It's clear that there's some talent both behind and in front of the camera here. Some of the show's throwaway jokes are blink-and-you-miss-it clever in a way that recalls 30 Rock. But this is no 30 Rock, which is sweet at its core despite being occasionally mean. There's no sweetness in Apartment 23. There are, however, some decent gags and great actors. Despite her character being written as a heartless slut, Ritter is actually appealing as Chloe, and though Van Der Beek's turn seems like a rip-off of Neil Patrick Harris' work in Harold & Kumar, he's still charming and naturally funny enough to make it work.

All in all, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 has good-enough bones, and mature viewers who appreciate cynical comedy might find something appealing in the odd-couple pairing featured here.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Chloe's cruelty is presented as amusing. Do you find what she does funny? Why or why not? Do you notice any stereotypes about women or the relationship between women presented in Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23? Does it do anything to challenge stereotypes?

  • Can you appreciate James Van Der Beek's character here without having been a Dawson's Creek fan? What do you think about celebs portraying themselves -- does it work?

TV details

Cast:Dreama Walker, James Van Der Beek, Krysten Ritter
Network:ABC
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byhelper + April 7, 2012
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9
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ok i will try it

it looks ok i will try it

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent Written byfhl566 April 20, 2012
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18
QUALITY
 

Another Filthy Show from ABC

Another perverted “comedy” by ABC that enjoys calling women “B!tches”. Sex on a cake, masturbation, nudity and profanity. Really, this show has no value for anyone and is not even worth mentioning. What should be talked about is the fact that the producers and broadcasters of this filth take no responsibility for their product even when it is intentionally offensive. Where is the common sense in that?

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written bychestina121 May 5, 2012
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12
QUALITY
 

-----funny-----

funny

What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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