Parents' Guide to

Faking It

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

High school comedy with sexuality as its focus.

TV MTV Comedy 2014
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Based on 4 parent reviews

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Questionable subject matter

I enjoy the show, but it is disturbing how many young adults are having sex with high school students.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (10):

The idea behind Faking It is a kinda neat one: What if two girls faked being gay to win Girls Gone Wild attention, only one of them wasn't faking it? The coming-of-age-and-coming-out story is certainly a time-honored one in the LGBTQ cinematic canon, and having both girls playing gay-for-social-cachet is an interesting farcial spin.

If only the show didn't traffic so much in teen-movie cliches. Does everyone in the cast have to be so unlikeable and unrealistic? Does Shane have to be a fashion plate who spits out campy quips at a machine-gun's pace? Does Lauren have to be the epitome of a red-state refugee without a heart? Do all the other students at school have to do things like giving the girls gluten-free muffins to celebrate their coming-out? You sense that there's a heart buried beneath the one-note characters and off-color jokes, but this show needs to decide whether it's sincere or satire. A mix of both is just confusing.

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