Breaking In

 
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High-tech workplace comedy has lots of sexual humor.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The firm relies on each person’s high-tech genius, which they previously used for illegal activities, to do their job (which isn’t always legal and/or ethical) effectively.

Positive role models

While they're not bad people (though reformed law-breakers), the security team takes questionable measures to get clients.

Violence

References to gun violence. Punching through walls and windows. Security breaches sometimes require some risky moves, like crashing through glass.

Sex

Sexual references (like being "boned") are frequent. Women are sometimes shown in bikinis and other skimpy clothing. A common prank is to pull down one cast member’s pants, leaving him in his underwear.

Language

Words like "ass," "douche," and "bitch" are audible.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Cigar smoking, references to marijuana. Hard liquor visible.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comedy series features people stealing and breaking other laws as part of their job -- and facing few negative consequences for doing so. There's also some sexual content, including crude references to sex acts, and salty language ("ass," "douche," and "bitch"). Cigar smoking and hard alcohol are also visible.

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What's the story?

BREAKING IN stars Bret Harrison as Cameron Price, a college student/computer hacker who's manipulated into joining a madcap high-tech security team. When the Contra Security firm leader known as “Oz” (Christian Slater) pays Price a surprise visit, he suddenly finds himself working alongside a group of off-the-wall geniuses -- including sexy safe cracker Melanie (Odette Yustman), logistic strategist Cash (Alphonso McAuley), and undercover intelligence expert Josh (Trevor Moore) -- as they crack potential clients’ security systems in order to sell them protective services. But Price soon discovers that these jobs are easy compared to dealing with his co-workers’ endless pranks, jealousy issues, and, in the case of office assistant Carol (Jennifer Irwin), overall wackiness.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The high-tech exploits featured here are unconventional, but the series has most of the traditional antics of a modern sitcom -- including lots of fast talk, quick timing, and slapstick-like pranks. Slater’s deadpan humor also adds to the fun.

The show has some funny moments, but a lot of the jokes contain some strong (and at times crude) sexual humor. Most of the team’s activities aren’t very ethical, either. The messages are questionable, but for viewers mature enough to understand the show's irony, there's something mildly entertaining here. 

Families can talk about...

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  • Should things like sex and alcohol be sources of humor? Is it irresponsible for TV and films to portray illegal activities as positive and/or funny -- or is it OK?

  • Do you consider these characters role models? Do their goals justify the means they use to achieve them?

TV details

Cast:Bret Harrison, Christian Slater, Odette Yustman
Network:Fox
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 12 years old July 22, 2012
 

Very Nice!

Funny and good comedy
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written bycinnagurl February 6, 2012
 

i love to laugh!

omg this show is sooooo funny! i laughed sooooo hard! this show is great for people who wanna laugh! theres some sex and language but nothing major. its fairly clean
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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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