A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Lacey has an abusive father figure and an alcoholic mother, has a criminal record, turned to drinking herself, and ran away from home -- but claims she wants to start fresh; Birdie has to work in addition to surfing to pay student loans; all females are strong willed and assertive at getting what they want; the cast is diverse.
Violence & Scariness
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual innuendos ("your long-board is out past the breakers"); implied nudity; an implied threesome; a boy is caught with another girl (off-screen) and she runs outside wearing only a sheet; kissing; a playboy surfer manipulates and hooks up with various girls.
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Mild: "bitch-ass," "worthless stoner," "dumbass."
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Products & Purchases
Red Bull, Land Rover, Toyota.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A teen drinks herself unconscious; an adult character drinks and smokes; an alcoholic mother and her boyfriend make appearances.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that characters spend most of each episode in their swimsuits. The female lead characters (17 and under) live with an older, attractive male surf coach in a house, without any parents. One teen runs away from home and has an alcoholic mother and an abusive father-figure. She also has a criminal history for stealing and drinks herself unconscious. Teens manipulate others to get what they want. Some of the girls are assertive, which may be perceived as using their sexuality to influence others -- which also happens. A threesome is implied, and there is some kissing.
Is It Any Good?
The show's visuals are more appealing (or appalling) than its storylines. The series is shot on location in Oahu, Hawaii, but the sandy beaches and crushing waves play second fiddle to teens constantly sporting their bikinis, washboard abs, short shorts, and glistening muscles -- all of which are prominently featured in slow-motion images as they surf the waves. The editing plays more like a music video than a TV series, and the scenes leave little room for character-driven plots.
To a distracting degree, Chokachi, a former Baywatch babe himself, is too young and attractive to play a realistic father-figure living with four 17-year-old girls. In the end, the show is entirely too sexual to drive home any real value or even warrant status as a "guilty pleasure" drama like The O.C. or Blue Crush.
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