A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's a coming-of-age drama, and growing up isn't always pretty. A main character dabbles with drug use; friends betray each other; some get married impulsively and just as easily divorce.
Violence & Scariness
Angst-ridden teens and twentysomethings are more likely to launch into angry tirades instead of shootouts and the like -- though some punches are thrown, and a gun is actually pulled once.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
These are sometimes-amorous (read: horny) college kids, so adjust expectations accordingly. In fact, Felicity makes it a goal to lose her virginity in the first season. Nevertheless, the subject is treated with a certain girly romance, not Jackass-like crassness. Still, everyone seems to sleep with everybody else in an incestuous circle of friends, and issues like infidelity and unwanted pregnancy are addressed.
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Mild (a few sprinklings of "hell," "damn," "jerk," etc.). The most overused word is the ubiquitous "hey," which fans tally for every episode.
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Products & Purchases
No major sales push for labels, unless pop songs are the commodity, as the show's soundtrack is rife with chart-topping hits.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Given that the show takes place during the college years, a time of rife experimentation, alcohol and drugs do make an appearance. Occasionally they're the center of action, as when one of the characters drops out of school and chases a hard-partying lifestyle.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this teen/college drama, peopled with easy-on-the-eyes actors and actresses fumbling through life to a hip soundtrack, takes on mature themes, including everything from unwanted pregnancy to infidelity. Sex and relationships are a major theme, and drugs and alcohol make their presence known. College life may never be this tumultuous, but then again, this is TV.
Is It Any Good?
Anyone who's gone through college and lived to tell the tale will confirm that Felicity captures the roller-coaster nature of it all fairly well. (No wonder it engendered such deep loyalty -- and inspired various drinking games -- among its fans.) Friendships founder on the smallest disappointments -- though there are plenty of large transgressions, too -- and relationships (and, naturally, sex) are the source of constant analysis and scrutiny. New ones begin, and those that were once too intense cool off. And then there's the looming question of identity: After four years of learning how to grow up, who do you become?
In its final season, the show took on a decidedly metaphysical bent, with the suggestion of time travel thrown into the mix. (At this point, it also became a bit mawkishly soap-opera-like.) Did everything that happened over the series' run take place in real time, or can the whole mess be undone by going back in time? Confused? Join the club. Still, Felicity "graduated" its lead characters with their charm, if not their innocence, intact.
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