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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While the show is about friendship, the relationships on display aren't necessarily aspirational.
Positive Role Models
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".
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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).
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"Piss," "damn," "hell," "slut"; the "F" word is bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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