A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Love yourself as-is, this sunny series seems to be saying, presenting a central character who does just that.
Positive Role Models
A confident woman is at the center of this series, unapologetic about her unconventional career and sex life. Other characters accept her for who she is and love her, even while they may mock her sensibilities at times.
Series is anchored around a Black woman in her 30s who's finding success in podcasting. She's a powerful and self-confident character, talented, effective, and emotionally strong despite living an unconventional life. Show frequently brings up topics relevant to a Black audience in particular. Phoebe's friends are diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, and body type.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual content is strong and frequent. In the very first scene, Phoebe goes to a drug store in search of Plan B after a hookup goes awry. On-screen sexual visuals include passionate kissing. Frank talk about oral sex, masturbation, casual sex. A woman's breast is bared accidentally (blurred image).
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Cursing for dramatic effect is rare, but lots of vulgar slang: "dead-ass," "dong," "va-jay-jay," "thot," "hog" (meaning penis), "bitch" (a word Robinson applies casually to herself), "s--t," "bulls--t," "hell." "F--k" is bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many scenes are set in bars, with characters drinking, sometimes to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Everything's Trash is based on the book of the same name by podcaster Phoebe Robinson and stars Robinson as a character based on her own life. The show's vibe is freewheeling and playfully profane; there's a lot of talk about sex and sexual situations in particular. The on-screen Phoebe hooks up with men for casual sex and is unembarrassed about it (we mostly see kissing and then Phoebe and friends waking up in bed undressed). Talk is frank; we hear about masturbation, casual sex, body parts, and more. Language is equally frank; in addition to cursing ("s--t," "hell," "bitch"), there's frequent vulgar slang: "ho," "va-jay-jay," "dong." Many scenes take place in bars, with characters drinking and occasionally becoming sloppy. The cast is diverse, and the main character is a confident and successful 30-something Black female performer.
Is It Any Good?
Phoebe Robinson is every bit as adorable on-screen as she was on her podcast and limited series 2 Dope Queens, and spending a half-hour inside her worldview on her series is a positive delight. Sunny and confident, Phoebe loves her chaotic life and it shows: She's equally at home visiting a drugstore for Plan B after hours as she is on her confessional in-show podcast, which is so blue that it's said some days it's "one long bleep." Even when she's trapped in the kind of sitcom-y personal imbroglios that would crush characters on other shows, she's easy-breezy: "I am a messy bitch," she says in a live social media post to explain herself on the show's first episode, shrugging. "And that's why you love me!"
We do! Robinson is easy to love in any medium (some fans know her only from her podcasts, others from her witty books), and the whole show has a shaggy, just-hanging-out appeal that may remind many of Broad City or Insecure. Everything's Trash goes down easy and feels good, like hanging out with your funniest friend.
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