A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There are some constructive messages here about growing up and learning from your mistakes, but they're overshadowed by the frequent partying, sexual references, and strong language.
Positive Role Models
Although the featured students learn from their experiences, many of them make some pretty iffy, irresponsible choices. There's also a whole lot of underage drinking. The students are from various backgrounds and regions of the country.
Violence & Scariness
Drinking sometimes makes some of the students belligerent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some conversations about sex, as well as some strong sexual innuendo, including references to "getting laid." Images of male and female condoms. One student discusses her commitment to remaining a virgin until marriage.
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Lots of strong language. Words like "douche bag," "ass," "screwed," and "pissed" are audible, while stronger choices -- like "s--t" and f--k" -- are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Brands of items in dorm rooms are sometimes visible, like Tide laundry detergent. Beverage labels are blurred out, but verbal references are sometimes made to brands (like Crush soda).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of drinking (beer, hard liquor), much of it underage. Some students drink so much that they get sick and/or wake up with hangovers. Cigarettes and cigarette smoking are also occasionally visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series made up of personal documentaries filmed by four college freshmen is a pretty unfiltered look at life after high school. Expect lots of drinking -- much of it underage -- as well as strong language and plenty of strong sexual references. Teens may well be interested in checking out these college experiences, but this is one to watch with your teens so you can talk about the students' choices and challenges (try our tips on how to talk about these issues).
Is It Any Good?
Overall, the series offers a unique perspective on college life by allowing the students to film their day-to-day lives without the help or support of a production crew. But while the way in which these freshmen choose to share their lives may be unique, the scenes of students drinking, studying, arguing, and finding ways to entertain themselves aren't particularly inspiring. And even when they do seem to learn some life lessons along the way, it's hard to appreciate what they're feeling thanks to the fragmented way in which their stories are pieced together in each half-hour episode.
Ultimately, a lot of what's shown here doesn't break away from the typical (and often stereotypical) images of college students in the media. Teens will probably be drawn to the show for its entertainment value and because it gives them some ideas about what college life will be like if/when they get there. But some of the featured behavior -- including excessive drinking, conversations about sex, and strong language -- make it somewhat iffy viewing.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.