A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It sends the message that women in their 40s are in their prime, and attempts to challenge the common trope featuring older men seeking younger women. There's lots of discussion about age difference, maturity, etc., as well as ideas about marriage and commitment.
Positive Role Models
The women are flirtatious and interested in relationships, but also demonstrate a maturity level and clarity about what they want in a relationship and in their partner. Some contestants have secrets, and are more likable than others.
It features a diverse cast from various racial/ethnic backgrounds. As in most dating shows, all the contestants would be considered conventionally attractive.
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Violence & Scariness
There's no violence, but there are some disagreements and insults. One contestant talks about surviving cancer.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of flirting and suggestive talk, as well as men without shirts, and skimpy bathing suits on men and women.
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Words like "hell" and "damn," and curses like "s--t" are sometimes audible, but "f--k" is bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Chevrolet SUVs are visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cast members drink lots of cocktails, champagne, wine, etc.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
The formulaic series attempts to turn the tables on traditional reality dating scenarios by giving "older" women the power to choose potential partners among eager younger men. Outside of the flirtatious behavior, innuendo, and tension between the men vying for their attention, the women appear to be searching for men who demonstrate a maturity more common in older men. On the flip side, there are moments when the women appear to be talking to contestants as if they were teenagers, and mothering is sometimes a theme. All of this gives the show an odd overall vibe. But Back in the Groove refrains from being too catty or cut throat, and tries to keep the insults, which are often uttered by Pedro the Concierge, to a minimum. Not everyone will appreciate the characterization of 40-year-old women here, but if you like dating competitions, you'll find it mildly entertaining.
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