A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series glorifies the joys of a lifestyle centered around drinking and partying. One character explains that his goal is "to get drunk and laid as often as possible."
Positive Role Models
The show focuses on the antics of football players at a college that treats them like gods who can get away with almost anything. They view women as playthings, studying is optional, partying and football are the only things that matter, and their coach makes it clear that losing isn't an option.
Violence & Scariness
There are some heavy-duty hits on the football field -- and a few scenes feature hazing, intimidation, and trash-talking -- but there's little actual fighting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Extremely racy. Guys talk graphically about having sex, and many scenes suggest people engaged in masturbation, threesomes, casual sex, and more. There's some partial nudity (bare buttocks, topless women seen from behind, etc.), several scenes with girls in their underwear, and some scenes showing people entwined; though no genitalia is visible, the images are quite suggestive. Sex is treated as casual recreation. One key character has a long-term girlfriend who takes delight in denying him sex; he's derided for sticking with her instead of breaking up to pursue football groupies. Some hazing scenes feature naked men, in the shower room or in jockstraps, with their backsides clearly visible.
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Nearly every scene features swearing, including "s--t," "d-ck," "p---y," "bitch," "tits," and more.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several scenes show people drinking excessively at wild college parties; some characters also take drugs, including cocaine and pot.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this raunchy comedy about a college football team follows the Animal House model, in which the "educational experience" seems to center on getting drunk and having sex. The athletes at the center of the series can do no wrong; they trade on their celebrity to engage in casual sex and spend most of their time partying instead of studying. Expect plenty of sex, drinking, drugs, and swearing (including "s--t"). Teens may find the show entertaining, but they won't get anything positive out of watching, and they'll almost certainly take away the wrong idea about university life.
Is It Any Good?
The problem with trying to follow the Animal House model is that it's hard to be original. Raging parties? Check. Sex? Oh, yes. Madcap drunken antics? Definitely. Monomaniacal coach? Yep, seen that before, too. Sure, these ingredients are good fodder for humor, but we've seen it all so many times before that alone, they no longer make for laughs.
Blue Mountain State is crude and juvenile, but that isn't always a bad thing (The Hangover, anyone?). The show's biggest problem is that it's just so derivative. The lack of honest laughs is a direct result of a script that lacks originality.
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