A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The overall feel is that of a black comed. Morals and principles are typically shucked in favor of schmoozing and making money, although those choices don't tend to pay off for everyone concerned. The entertainment world is alternately fabulous and ridiculous, and fame is portayed as fleeting. There is some redemption as the series winds down, with messages about support, friendship, the value of rewarding work, and envy.
Positive Role Models
Both Jeremy and Seth are somewhat lost and drifting. Seth has the most drive and consequently is rewarded with opportunities, while Jeremy drinks and uses drugs to cope with his lack of direction. The two are at least supportive of each other and asking questions about what they should be doing with their lives, even if they don't have great answers.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual content is frequent and frank. A couple kisses and falls into bed, then the man prods his pelvic area and says "it'll go," implying that he's having difficulty performing. Later, he props up his phone and uses a picture of a girl in a bikini to masturbate; we see his hand moving suggestively. Other scenes include non-sexual nudity (a man on the toilet, wiping; private parts are not visible), and a scene in which a character is asked to use a pillow as a "love interest." In an extended scene, he moves his body as if having sex with the pillow, moaning and panting. Characters talk about "hooking up" and "getting laid," and have consequence-free casual sex.
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Cursing includes "f--k," "f--king," "badass," "s--t," "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many scenes show characters smoking marijuana and drinking, sometimes to the point of sloppiness and silliness. In one scene, characters snort lines of cocaine and argue over whether it's okay to use a $1 bill or if a $100 is more acceptable. Characters use drugs and alcohol to handle their emotions and problems. We do see the consequences, which include problems in relationships and loss of work.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Everyone is Doing Great is a comedy series about actors who have trouble getting work after being typecast on the successful teen vampire drama they both starred in. Mature content is frequent, including drugs and drinking. Many scenes show different characters smoking marijuana and drinking, often to the point of being sloppy, self-pitying, and silly. Characters snort cocaine and argue about what denomination of bill to use. Drinking and drug use is not glamorized -- it appears as if characters are using to deal with their problems, and they suffer consequences from hangovers to losing jobs and relationships. Sexual content is also frequent. Characters talk about "hooking up" and "getting laid" and have consequence-free casual sex. There are also visuals of a man masturbating (we see his hand moving suggestively and a picture of a girl in a bikini on his phone), couples kissing before falling into bed, and non-sexual nudity (a man is seen on a toilet, private parts covered). Cursing includes "f--k," "f--king," "badass," "s--t," and "damn." Positive messages include themes of friendship and the value of rewarding work. Characters are often drifting and making mistakes, but they redeem themselves somewhat as the series goes on.
Is It Any Good?
It doesn't break any new ground dramatically or comedically, but this series is affable and amusing enough to make it worth a look. Part of the fun of Everyone Is Doing Great is the notion that we're getting a behind-the-scenes peek at how the cinematic sausage is made, Episodes-style. It's easy enough to imagine that Jeremy and Seth are enacting the real lives of beloved yet also-ran TV stars: the brothers from Supernatural, and maybe, just maybe, the stars from One Tree Hill. Seth and Jeremy still have some of the spoils of fame. They're still stopped on the street by fans, usually rapturous young women, and their background gets them "in the room" at auditions, according to Seth, who's still trying hard to tread water as an actor while Jeremy's let himself go to pot (literally).
But getting in said room is the other rich source of Everyone's comedy: the actor's life, with its diction exercises (Seth recites the alphabet while holding onto the end of his tongue) and humiliating demands (in an early scene, Seth is asked to tenderly make faux love to a pillow for long moments while casting directors watch and criticize his performance), as well as the outsized rewards that keep strivers struggling to stay in the game. If nothing else, Everyone will convince viewers that to be an actor is to sign up for layers of hell that even Dante never envisioned, which it turns out is fitfully funny to watch.
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