A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
"Live every day as if it's your last" and "Treat others with kindness and respect" are two messages viewers can glean, though the action and dialogue is so absurd that the hijinks and jokes may overshadow them.
Positive Role Models
Erika and Gia are kindhearted characters who treat each other with the utmost support and kindness. They laugh together, hang out together, buck each other up, and otherwise treat each other like the BFFs they are. Parents are supportive and present but mostly vehicles for jokes (like the running gag in which Erika's parents seem to be urging her to drink), and teens are alternately contemptuous and supportive. Some mean behavior (mockery, unkindness), but everyone learns their lesson by the show's finish.
Cast is diverse in this teen drama in terms of ethnicity and race, with a young Asian woman at its center. Her school friends are Black, White, Latina, and Asian, though race is rarely mentioned. Teens are friends with and date people of other races, with no static.
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Violence & Scariness
Main character is dead during most of the show's events. We don't see the moment of her death; we see a pair of bright lights, then a pair of shoes sticking out from underneath a very fake-looking moose; later, there's some "go into the light" visual imagery. Some scenes may be shocking for younger audiences, such as one in which a girl in a hot tub suddenly gives birth; we see an umbilical cord and floating baby, and then the same character carrying the baby later.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of talk about boyfriends and girlfriends as well as same- and opposite-sex dating and kissing. Talk and jokes can be frank: a voice-over speculates that a character "has had sex with both his stepsisters," a boy asks Erika and Gia for a threesome (they refuse). Much is made over prom, with scenes featuring "promposal" asks for dates.
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Cursing is frequent and includes "bitch," "bulls--t," "s--t," "ass," "a--hole." Also insulting language: "loser."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens drink beer, liquor, and wine at parties, and take "edibles" from a bowl. Characters drink, get drunk, play drinking games, refer to "ragers" and "daygers," then vomit and are hung over from drinking. Erika's parents are happy that she's beginning to have more of a social life and urge her to drink, offering a beer for a party "pregame" and "hair of the dog" from their liquor cabinet.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Boo, Bitch is a dramedy about a teen girl who dies before her high school graduation, and vows to make the most of what's left of her life as a ghost. Death is a frequent subject, but visual violence is dialed down and the tone is comic and absurd. Other scenes are played for laughs, like one in which a teen girl unexpectedly gives birth in a hot tub; we see an umbilical cord, blood, and a floating baby (both mom and baby are fine). Sexual content is similar: many jokes, some graphic talk (like when a male high schooler asks two female classmates for a threesome), but on-screen visuals are confined to kissing, and lots of talk about dates, prom, and boyfriends/girlfriends. Teens drink at parties, including scenes in which they play beer pong and make mixed drinks with what looks like vodka. Parents are curiously eager for their teen children to drink, offering "hair of the dog" and to drive them to parties so that they can drink as much as they like. The cast is diverse, with an actor of color in the central role; race is rarely mentioned, and the cast mingles naturally. Cursing is frequent, with "bitch," "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," and other words sprinkled into dialogue.
Is It Any Good?
Lana Condor and Zoe Margaret Colletti are a double delight in this frothy, smart series with a pleasantly lighthearted spin on the afterlife. Of course, supernatural powers that complicate teenhood are a grand old tradition in young adult narratives, particularly in film and television, where teenage witches and monsters abound, and gaining strange abilities is often a metaphor for a glow-up, as it is here. But the potent chemistry between BFFs Erika and Gia imbues the premise with fizzy life, and the pair are so lovable it's hard not to warm to them. In a great early sequence, the friends vow to leave behind their boring old selves and say yes to everything, and in short order say yes to dancing, taking shots, getting tattoos, jumping into a pool in their underwear, playing beer pong, and dancing on a table, enjoying it all with infectious heartiness.
Most of the series is in a similar vein, parsing a fine line between campiness and cliché and generally ending up on the right side thanks to sharp writing and good performances. As the season goes on, Erika falls into some Mean Girls-esque traps that mar the fun a little, and as viewers know from the start that Erika must eventually pass on (there's a body in the woods rotting under a dead moose, for one thing), we also know to expect some more serious scenes. But all in all, Boo, Bitch is lots of fun, with the cutest best friends this side of Booksmart, and that is saying something.
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