Parents' Guide to

Florida Girls

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Lots of drugs, language, laughs in female-centric comedy.

TV Pop TV Comedy 2019
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At its best, this show rises above its regressive central "let's laugh at the poor people" concept to become a show about regular women who are there for each other in extraordinary ways. But before you get there -- and in between the sweet moments that make Florida Girls occasionally worth it -- there are a lot of jokes about crystal meth and trailer parks and Applebee's to wade through. Viewers who have no problem with Florida as a punch line will probably find the whole show absolutely hilarious, because the jokes are well-written, something that won't surprise those who guffawed over Laura Chinn's work on The Mick and Children's Hospital. But those who prefer the punch-up style of humor are likely to wince their way through the show's early episodes in particular.

Lurking underneath the crass humor, though, is an easier-to-love premise of sisterly friendship and sweet support, and knowing commentary on issues like entrenched cycles of poverty, the politics of multiracial identity, and the ways that oppression affects women in particular. It probably won't surprise fans of the show that Chinn grew up in Tampa, Florida, and dropped out of high school at age 16, just like her quartet of main characters. She mines what she knows for her show -- and once she moves past the gators & tall boys schtick, what emerges is a comedy about true underdogs who are easy to root for. There are worse summertime pleasures to partake in.

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