Good-natured but bland sitcom; OK for teens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Good messages about people of different races getting along, but one character is regularly mocked for a lack of intelligence and predilection for drinking.

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Most of the main characters are single and spend a lot of time dating and talking about their exploits.


"Sucks," "ass," "hell," "bastard," etc.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the main characters in this unremarkable sitcom are twenty- and thirtysomethings navigating the dating scene. As a result, many of their conversations and situations deal with topics such as drinking, sex, and relationships.

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What's the story?

In UPN's sitcom EVE, the titular rapper-turned-actress stars as Shelley Williams, a young woman struggling to balance dating, friendship, and work in Miami. Shelly's two best friends are Rita (Ali Landry), a ditzy, single former model, and the married Janie (Natalie Desselle). They pal around with J.T. (Jason George), a handsome, happily single everyman, and his best friend, Nick (Brian Hooks), who's searching for Mrs. Right. Joining them is Donovan Brink (Sean Maguire), the manager of Z Lounge, one of Miami's hottest clubs, who helps the group work through the inevitable disagreements that crop up.

Is it any good?


Thanks to fairly bland writing and uninspired storylines, Eve doesn't stand out among notable singletons-in-the-city sitcoms like Friends and Will & Grace. What's more, Rita is often made fun of for being dim, and her friends sarcastically allude to her having a drinking problem. Though the majority of the cast is black, the show does have some white characters and does a good job of portraying friendships between the races.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the role of friends in our lives. Why is it important to create friendships built on trust and respect? Do all of the characters on the show live up to that standard of friendship?

TV details

Cast:Ali Landry, Eve, Jason Winston George
TV rating:TV-PG

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