Four Kings

TV review by
Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media
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These kings do not rule.

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

Positive Messages

One character throws tantrums, the "bachelor lifestyle" is glamorized.

Violence
Sex

Some fooling around, Ben writes a newspaper column "Serial Monogomist," some talk of one-night stands.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking at bars.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know this comedy has some sexual references, drinking, and immature humor. The carefree "bachelor lifestyle" is celebrated. Buried way beneath the dumb jokes and clichés are some lessons about good judgment and loyalty to friends.

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What's the story?

By the creators of Will & Grace, FOUR KINGS, starring Seth Green (Austin Powers), Josh Cooke, Shane McRae, and Todd Grinnell, features four childhood friends fighting to keep their young bachelor ways before real responsibility sets in. In its premiere episode, Ben's grandma dies and leaves him her plush apartment in New York City. Torn between having his girlfriend, Jen, or his three buddies move in, he poses his dilemma to both parties. Ben's longtime friends tell him to choose Jen, admitting they might be mad for a few days, but they'll be there forever. Ben realizes his friends have his best interests at heart, and invites them to be his roommates.

Is it any good?

Warm and fuzzy as this exchange in friendship and loyalty was meant to be, Four Kings loses any genuine emotion to poor writing and uninspired acting. Seeming recycked, these Four Kings with no charm of their own. The premise had the potential to be family-friendly viewing for teens and parents, but ends up being cheesy and clichéd since it relies on tired stereotypes and dumb jokes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the friendships of these men. Does the show reinforce stereotypes about twenty-something men? Is the portrayal of young men avoiding commitment and responsibility realistic? How do male friendships differ from female friendships? What qualities do you admire in these characters?

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