Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Rude bad-girl buddy comedy is full of sexual humor.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive messages

Amidst all the comic mean-girl action is the idea that friendship is important and that women should look out for each other. But most of the humor derives from the main character's "morals of a pirate," which means she lies, cheats, and steals with abandon.

Positive role models & representations

June is depicted as kindly and naive in comparison to Chloe, but all of the characters do things like lie, cheat, and sleep around.

Violence

Occasional comic violence -- like a woman throwing a lamp at her cheating lover. Some arguing.

Sex

Tons of sexual innuendo, language, and humor. Occasional implied sex performed comically with no nudity. Jokes about masturbation (including a neighbor who seems to be masturbating while talking to the main characters) and pedophilia, plus implied rampant casual sex, references to lesbian sex "in a pinch," and a main character who's cheerfully referred to as a "whore." In one scene, the main character appears fully nude, with sensitive parts blurred.

Language

Lots of sexual language; for example, female genitalia is referred to as the "lady cave." Also, "bitch," "screw," "ass," and "hell."

Consumerism

Mario Kart is mentioned at least once.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Characters frequently consume cocktails (including shots) and have interactions at bars. One joke involves the main character peddling illegal drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 is chock full of sexual humor and situations, including implied masturbation and simulated sex (no nudity). It's all tongue-in-cheek, but it's also likely that parents will want to steer their teens away from watching the comically amoral main character as she steals, cheats, and lies -- even if she occasionally redeems herself and seems to have some good sense deep down. Aside from the sexual humor, expect plenty of drinking (including one scene in which an adult gets a kid drunk in order to hear his secrets), and some language ("bitch," "screw," etc.).

User Reviews

Adult Written byhelper + April 7, 2012

ok i will try it

it looks ok i will try it
Adult Written bydr dew April 13, 2012

oh my god

well i am a 22 year old guy who was watching modern family wednesday one of our family favorites and then i seen an add for this show as well and thought i woul... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byJTDB January 11, 2013

Keep in mind what you are actually watching....

This show is funny. For people who have that sexual kind of humour. I'm not saying it appropriate for all audiences in fact I dont think many kids under 14... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byLovethePlay August 20, 2012

Hilarious show but very mature content

So i'm a 15 year old kid and this show is hilarious. I love it. But there is no way i'd ever watch it with my parents!! When I watch shows by myself I... Continue reading

What's the story?

June (Dreama Walker) is a naive small-town girl who moves to New York City to take a big corporate job, only to find that her new company has been shut down on her very first day. Looking for a roommate to share expenses until things get better, she stumbles upon Chloe (Krysten Ritter), a con artist and the titular "b----" in DON'T TRUST THE B---- IN APARTMENT 23. Somehow the two girls become friends, and with the help of Chloe's "straight gay BFF" James Van Der Beek (played by himself, with Dawson's Creek jokes intact), the two navigate life, love, and a whole lot of sex in the big city.

Is it any good?

It's clear that there's some talent both behind and in front of the camera here. Some of the show's throwaway jokes are blink-and-you-miss-it clever in a way that recalls 30 Rock. But this is no 30 Rock, which is sweet at its core despite being occasionally mean. There's no sweetness in Apartment 23. There are, however, some decent gags and great actors. Despite her character being written as a heartless slut, Ritter is actually appealing as Chloe, and though Van Der Beek's turn seems like a rip-off of Neil Patrick Harris' work in Harold & Kumar, he's still charming and naturally funny enough to make it work.

All in all, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 has good-enough bones, and mature viewers who appreciate cynical comedy might find something appealing in the odd-couple pairing featured here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Chloe's cruelty is presented as amusing. Do you find what she does funny? Why or why not? Do you notice any stereotypes about women or the relationship between women presented in Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23? Does it do anything to challenge stereotypes?

  • Can you appreciate James Van Der Beek's character here without having been a Dawson's Creek fan? What do you think about celebs portraying themselves -- does it work?

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