A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series revolves around stereotypical images and behavior of mostly Italian-American young women living in Brooklyn, N.Y. It also sends very negative messages about friendship and the relationships between women.
Positive Role Models
Some of the cast members grew up as best friends only to be divided by rumors and conflicts between their "crews" as adults. Most of the women seem primarily interested in dating, spreading rumors, starting arguments, and drinking. Some cast members are allegedly connected to mob families. Loyalty is a big deal.
Violence & Scariness
Yelling, screaming, throwing, shoving, and threatening is frequent. References are made to past mob hits and serving jail time for mob-related crimes, and the Gotti family.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The show's main conflict revolves around rumors about one cast member having sex with her friend's boyfriend. Words like "whore," "laid," and other sexual references are audible. Women are shown in skimpy bikinis, thongs, pole dancing, and moving provocatively. One cast member works in a "gentleman's" club. References to breast augmentations.
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Contains lots of cursing, including words like "ass," "bastard," "bitch"; "f--k," "s--t" are fully bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Corona beer visible. High-fashion labels like Christian Dior, Gucci, and Yves St. Laurent, and cars like Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and BMWs are visible. Local Brooklyn haunts are also visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of partying scenes with plenty of drinking (beer, hard liquor shots, wine). Cigarette smoking is frequent. One cast member is a bartender; another is a cocktail waitress.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Brooklyn 11223 -- which features feuding groups of twenty-something adults in Brooklyn, New York -- contains lots of stereotypical images, as well as scenes featuring gossiping, cat fights, alcohol-fueled partying, and endless conversations about alleged illicit sexual encounters. Cigarette smoking and cursing (bleeped "f--k," "s--t") is frequent.
Is It Any Good?
The show, which is loosely inspired by West Side Story, combines reality and drama while reinforcing endless negative stereotypes about Brooklyn and the people who live there. Adding to this is the immature and rather distasteful stories that they tell about each other. Drinking, smoking, and endless conversations about having sex only adds to the gang's social dynamic.
Despite many of the crew members being college-educated or professionals, the overall cast appears superficial, catty, and inarticulate. Their over-the-top behavior, which includes lots of drinking and partying, contributes to this image. Older viewers who enjoy this kind of voyeuristic experience may find it entertaining, but there are no positive messages here.
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