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Best Friends Forever
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 Best Friends Forever was created by its stars and real-life best friends, Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, and their chemistry is one of the sitcom's best aspects. The story has some nice messages about friendship and romantic relationships, and the characters' situation forces them to compromise for everyone's happiness, but overall, BFF is predictable and unimpressive. Teens will be OK with the mild sexual references, minor nudity (a quick shot of a guy's back and part of buttocks, for example), and language ("suck," "ass," "hell," "butthole"), but the bottom line is that there are more substantial sitcoms out there.
What's the story?
BEST FRIENDS FOREVER centers on long-time pals Jessica (Jessica St. Clair) and Lennon (Lennon Parham), friends who've seen each other through many of the bumps in life's road and who become roomies again after Jessica's husband files for divorce. Complicating their reunion is the presence of Lennon's live-in boyfriend, Joe (Luka Jones), who feels like a third wheel when the girls are together, and Rav (Stephen Schneider), Jessica's old friend and potential love interest.
Is it any good?
Created by real-life besties St. Clair and Parham, Best Friends Forever promises the kind of hijinks and mayhem that can only be found in a two-girl-one-guy household. Inside jokes, accidental exposure, good cries between friends while a clueless guy stands by; these are the basis of the show's predictable humor, and it's hardly enough to make it a stand-out. While there is a lot of chemistry between Jessica and Lennon, and their interactions are entertaining on occasion, that alone isn't enough to keep this lackluster and aimless show afloat.
Content-wise, there isn't too much to fret about in BFF beyond some language and the occasional sliver of nudity, and you'll find some sweet moments about friendship, compromise, and love. Ultimately, though, this weak series isn't likely to stick around, so your time would be better spent on something with a little more depth and staying power.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about relationships. What does this show have to say about friendship? Do you have friends who will back you up no matter what? Is it difficult to balance relationships with friends and boyfriends/girlfriends? How do you share your time with different people who are important to you?
Teens: What qualities do you look for in a boyfriend/girlfriend? How do you want your significant other to complement your personality? What's challenging about balancing your differences? How does the media portray loving relationships in general? Do you think this reflects how things are in the real world?
Do you think racial stereotyping is a problem in the media? Does the nature of a show (comedy, drama, etc.) dictate the content's appropriateness?
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