A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Depends on how you look at it -- you could see the show as reinforcing sexist stereotypes about women, their appearance, and their abilities; or you could see it as a commentary on our sexist society.
Violence & Scariness
Brief references to violence or tragedy in the course of delivering the news.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The star/main character dresses in tight, revealing clothes and behaves flirtatiously.
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Occasional "hell," "damn," or "crap."
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Products & Purchases
The main character sports lots of fancy designer clothes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality/comedy hybrid focuses on a model/former beauty queen who wears tight, revealing clothing (most of it sporting high-end labels) and sometimes behaves in flirtatious and sexually provocative ways. The series both comments on and reinforces sexist stereotypes about women, their looks, and their professional capabilities. There's also some fairly mild language (of the "hell" and "ass" variety) and social drinking.
Is It Any Good?
Ethical/journalistic issues like the aforementioned challenge Jones and her new co-workers, as well as Tyler's residents, some of whom feel insulted by the decision to further dumb down their news. In the midst of the controversy, Jones is hilarious as she tries to learn the ropes quickly, reverting to her tried-and-true winks and air kisses when signing off, only to be chastised by the news director, who's trying to salvage his dignity.
How much of Anchorwoman is scripted and how much is real remains a mystery. So while much of the reaction to Jones' presence is legitimate, the dialogue and truly hilarious moments are likely the mastermind of a writer. And, in a sort of post-modern twist, what seems like a commentary on the squalid state of TV journalism actually is an example of the squalid state of TV journalism.
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