Alone Together

TV review by
Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
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Underwhelming sitcom centers on platonic millennial BFFs.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

Not yet rated

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive messages

While the show is about friendship, the relationships on display aren't necessarily aspirational.  

Positive role models & representations

There's some problematic body image and food-related content here; both the leads make a lot of self-deprecating comments about their looks and weight. The female lead talks about sleeping with larger men because "chubby, hairy guys make me feel skinny and pretty".

Violence
Sex

Nothing graphic, but references to escorts, walks of shame, HPV. There's a pedophilia joke. There's a shower scene (nonsexual) where two men appear nude (but are blurred below the waist).

Language

"Piss," "damn," "hell," "slut"; the "F" word is bleeped.

Consumerism

Brands are mentioned here and there (the characters live in "image-obsessed" Los Angeles), and there's an entire episode revolving around a visit to a Kylie Cosmetics pop-up shop, which mentions the products by name repeatedly.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Characters drink, smoke weed; one is shown giving amphetamines (for allergies) to a kid.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Alone Together is about the platonic friendship between a young man and a young woman in their 20s. However, that doesn't mean sexual issues aren't touched on. One-night stands, egg donations, HPV, and masturbation are par for the course, discussion-wise. One character mistakenly dates an escort (he thinks she works as a nanny), and it inspires another character to become an escort. There's some occasional drinking shown, as well as weed smoking. Both characters, but especially Esther, the female lead, make critical comments about their appearance and seem to have weight/food issues.

User Reviews

Adult Written byHelen M. January 15, 2018

Not terrible, but not great either...

I went into this assuming I would hate it, and I was.... not wrong. This weird, hipster-y love child of all teen-sitcoms from the 90s, and every millennial ster... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Middle-class, underemployed Esther and gluten-hating trust funder Benji are a couple of 20-somethings who are trying to make their way ALONE TOGETHER in the image-obsessed world of Los Angeles. Just don't ask if they're dating: The two are strictly platonic friends, as they're quick to remind nearly everyone they meet (whether they've been asked or not).

Is it any good?

Millennials get a bad rap in the media -- is there an aspect of society they haven't been blamed for yet? -- and this superficial show isn't likely to change any minds on that front. Esther and Benji are supposed to be aspiring comics, yet we never see any real evidence of their ambition or talent in that regard. We also don't get a sense of why these people are friends or what they have in common, aside from disliking some of the same things, and that's a shtick that wears thin fast. Their misadventures, like waiting in line to buy a popular product or accidentally dating an escort, are fairly stale sitcom scenarios, though Esther Povitsky does inspire the occasional chuckle with her line readings. Overall, Alone Together is an underwhelming retread of material that's been done before, and done better.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way friendship is portrayed in Alone Together. What draws Esther and Benji together? Does their friendship seem like it's well-balanced, or does one friend take more than he or she gives?

  • A lot of sitcoms play with the "will they or won't they" question between friends. Does it seem like Esther and Benji are destined to become a couple? Why or why not?

TV details

For kids who love romantic comedy

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