A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's a little bit of stereotyping at the start. But the goal of the "experiment" is for participants to set their differences aside and achieve generational unity. Along the way, they learn from each other and emerge more open-minded.
Positive Role Models
On the surface, most of the participants seem like stereotypes. But they ultimately prove to be well-rounded, open-minded people who make meaningful changes in the way they view the world -- and each other.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Light sexual innuendo and some sexual humor. A young woman wears a skimpy bathing suit, an 83-year-old admits to wearing thongs, etc. Some discussion of "sexting."
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Both generations use words like "hell," "ass," "jackass," "crap." A few instances of bleeped swearing.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking, with some drinking games like beer pong. Any drunkenness is played for humor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, in spite of a gimmicky premise and some participants who seem like obvious stereotypes, Forever Young imparts some surprisingly positive messages for viewers of all ages. That said, there's some light sexual innuendo and sexual humor (such as a comical discussion about "sexting"), as well as participants who discuss their sexual orientation. Both generations use words like "hell," "ass," "jackass," and "crap," with a few instances of bleeped swearing. There's some social drinking, too, with a few activities (like beer pong) that are geared toward overindulgence.
Is It Any Good?
On its face, Forever Young sounds like another groan-worthy "reality" series with a gimmick, a show that couldn't possibly yield anything worthwhile. The cast includes two groups -- the Juniors and the Seniors -- who represent an array of stereotypes, from an image-obsessed hottie who looks like a stray Kardashian to a set-in-his-ways curmudgeon who practically snaps "Get off my lawn!" But just when you think you know where the show's going (AKA nowhere fast), you find yourself rooting for members of both groups who make surprisingly meaningful connections that defy conventional age brackets -- and your own low expectations.
That's not to say this is award-worthy television. The format is far from original, complete with a corny game show challenge that's designed to reveal the gaps in each generation's pop culture knowledge. (And, of course, we've seen the whole different-people-living-under-the-same-roof approach way too many times before.) Yet what works here is the ability of both age groups to ultimately shed their presumptions and learn from each other, not as young people and old people, but as unlikely friends.
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