Parents' Guide to

About a Boy

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sweet nontraditional friendships meet iffy sexual messages.

TV NBC Comedy 2014
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age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+

Very Fun But Too Sexy for Kids

It starts out kind of awful and cringy - the main character pretends to have an ill kid just to lure a woman to bed, that woman brings her kids over and plans to have sex with him while the kids play in the house, main character later takes that kid to a party with women dancing in cages. It is definitely not for kids or even young teens, in my opinion, because of the frequent casual sex and drinking as a means to relax from stress and to deaden difficult feelings. I stuck with the show myself (without my kids) because of the sometimes quirky humor and sweet connection between characters who are so different, and because all the main characters grow over time. If my teens were watching it, I would discuss the different attitudes about sex that all the characters have (including married parents, new couple in a committed relationship, single guy having sex for fun and to escape his feelings of loss). Great message about tolerance and appreciation of people with different values and personalities.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+

Very funny show, but definitely not PG

me and my 10 year daughter started to watch this on Netflix because it was rated TV-PG. Definitely not. We watched the first two episodes and it was nothing but sex. Every other scenario or word is sex. I think this show should definitely be left to older teens.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Though ABOUT A BOY is a retread on the very popular movie, it still has a freshness about it: Intergenerational friendships are rare on television and so make for a ripe premise. Indeed, the warm connection between Will and Marcus is very sweet. Walton and Stockham are no Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult, but they're charming enough, and it's nice to see kids and adults relating to each other in a genuine, affectionate way.

All the sex stuff, however, may appall parents, particularly those of young kids. It isn't just that Will is a rake, it's that the women he "dates" are treated so disrespectfully, both by Will and by the show. They don't seem like people but like plot devices in black bras and underwear. One conquest listens to Will spin a yarn about curing his imaginary son of leukemia with voodoo, her eyes widening sympathetically. A few scenes later she comes to Will's house for a booty call, promising him sex while her two daughters play with his "son." Ugh. Meanwhile, everywhere Will goes, 20-something girls with very short skirts seem to flock. The fact that Will drags Marcus along on his adventures makes the gratuitous female flesh all the more cringe-inducing.

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