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

Rude bad-girl buddy comedy is full of sexual humor.
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012

What parents need to know

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

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


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


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.


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


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.

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.).

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:April 11, 2012
Cast:Dreama Walker, James Van Der Beek, Krysten Ritter
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byhelper + April 7, 2012

ok i will try it

it looks ok i will try it
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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 should watch it unless they are extremely mature or their parents are happy with them watching heavy drinking, suggestions of 'screwing' each other and a couple of very bad role models. This isn't a programme where the characters play happy apartment buddies; there is drinking and swearing and partial nudity. Chloe is found 'shagging' June's fiancee on top of her birthday cake and that is how the story begins. At the start of the season, one of the main characters, Chloe, tries to manipulate, blackmail and bully her new roommate (June) into leaving the apartment but fails due to June's determination and positive attitude. Really, it all comes down to the type of parent you are and the maturity level of your child/ren. The shows prominent themes are sex and drinking/partying. So do not bag on this just because you watched it and were shocked, it is rated M for mature audiences and the title gives quite enough insight as to not be so appalled by the themes and happenings within the series. Overall it is a quite good show, with a lot of jokes and one liners. Watch with an open mind and certainly watch it before your kids to get a better idea of how much you want them to see.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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 don't care if there is sexual content because i'm old enough (almost a Junior) to understand it but it would still be totally awkward to watch with my parents. Things you should know is that there is lots of sex talk. Chloe has sex with June's boyfriend on June's birthday cake (even though she DID do it to show June that he was a cheater so it did sort of help in a weird way). There is talk about masturbation and innuendos and the next door neighbor is a little perverted. Chloe shouldn't be taken as a great role model. She is a strong independent woman in the city, but she spends most of that time drinking and having casual sex (there's a whole episode on casual sex). June is a good role model even though she can be 'turned bad' for a while because of Chloe but deep down there is some heart to their friendship. Some language. Drinking is seen a lot. Even one episode was revolved around Chloe secretly filming her and June making homemade Jam and made it into a weird fetish video (I guess there is such thing as that). So I'd say for Teens, it's okay. They understand most of it anyways but i'd advise not to watch with your parents because even though you are totally mature about those kinds of things your parents will still treat you like you're 10 years old. I should know. I watched The Hangover sitting between my parents when I was 12.....AWKWARD. Even though i've seen it with my much older (28) sister and I was perfectly fine with it. So Teens and Up for this show!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking