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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Typical soap opera behavior -- manipulation, melodrama, love triangles, etc. Characters tend to live materialistic lives, but both Stacey and Will are seen working, and Stacey has plans to attend law school. Most of the cast is Caucasian; Stacey is African-American, and there are some secondary Latino/a characters.
Violence & Scariness
Zoe is stalked by a crazed ex-boyfriend who tried to kill her.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Heavy flirting, hugging, kissing, and strong sexual innuendo. Women in lacy underwear and bikinis. Love triangles are part of the overall storyline.
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Mostly on the mild side -- "damn," "hell," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Expensive cars, homes and other luxuries visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Consumption of alcohol, including wine, is clearly visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this soap opera about a group of twentysomethings "airs" online at NBC.com (where the network promotes it right alongside broadcast shows) and includes interactive elements. Romance, love triangles, and strong sexual innuendo are major parts of the developing storyline, and the series hints at future violence involving a character's ex-boyfriend. Alcohol consumption is clearly visible, but language is clean for the most part.
Is It Any Good?
Like other teen-targeted soaps, Coastal Dreams boasts a good-looking cast that isn't afraid to flaunt it. Shirtless men, bikini-wearing women, and skimpy lingerie play up the show's fun, sexy image. Meanwhile, Zoe's backstory paves the way for some suspense (and perhaps even violence).
The show also features interactive elements: Viewers can receive text messages, calls, and emails on their cell phones from the show's characters.
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