A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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?
Our editors recommend
For kids who love romantic comedy
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