Five Bedrooms

TV review by
Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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Fun roommate dramedy with lots of sex and drinking.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The roommates work together to try to make a harmonious home, but don't always make the best choices in love and life. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

One character is Indian-Australian and a closeted gay man. Romantic relationships usually follow stereotypical gender tropes.

Violence

Mild arguing between characters.

Sex

Dating and desire for sex major part of plot. Multiple sex scenes between consenting adults (without showing sensitive body parts). Lots of sexual banter between characters. Some gendered stereotypes in romantic roles.

Language

Swear words like "ass," "s--t" and "shagged."

Consumerism

Some brand logos visible on electronics and clothing.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults shown drinking alcohol, sometimes to excess. Characters talk about negative consequences that come from drinking too much.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Five Bedrooms is a dramedy that revolves around dating and sexual relationships. There are multiple sex scenes between consenting adults (but no full nudity). There's also lots of sexual banter between characters. Some gendered stereotypes play out in characters' romantic pursuits. The characters use moderate swear words like "ass," "s--t," and "shagged." Adults are shown drinking, sometimes to excess.

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What's the story?

In FIVE BEDROOMS, five very different strangers meet at a wedding's singles table, have a few too many, and end up buying a house together. The mashup of personalities causes all kinds of silly drama and funny situations. Main character Ainsley (Katie Robertson) is in love with her "work husband" Lachlan, who moves into the house besides still being married to his actual wife. Liz (Kat Stewart) is a "cougar" lawyer who is going through a rough patch in her life. Harry (Roy Joseph) is a gay man who can't bear to tell his traditional mother the truth about why he hasn't settled down with a nice Indian girl. Ben (Stephen Peacocke) is a sex-focused construction worker with a heart of gold. Their housing situation starts to unravel almost as soon as they move in, and it's up to the roommates to try to salvage their investment and relationships.

Is it any good?

Though the premise and characters seem completely ridiculous at first glance, this series is actually an enjoyable dramedy with likable characters. Five Bedrooms has elements of other fun roommate shows like Friends and New Girl, but doesn't quite rise to the level of heart and smarts found in both those real-estate-driven shows.

Parents of teens should know that a lot of the show's plot revolves around dating and sex, and they should consider if their teen is ready to watch sex scenes (sans nudity). Several of the storylines follow stereotypical romantic comedy tropes; for example, the main character Ainsley is still madly in love with a guy even though he's married and hasn't noticed any of the nice things she's done to support him. Construction worker Ben seems interested in little more in life than making passes at the other women in the house. That said, older teenagers will likely enjoy following how the different characters' lives interweave with one another and finding out how the lighthearted drama plays out.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Talk to your kids about romance in media. Do they think the characters in Five Bedrooms follow stereotypical romantic storylines? Why or why not?

  • What do you think is realistic about the relationships in this show? What seems less real?

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For kids who love romantic comedy

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