A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
On the upside, Andie's life is made immeasurably better by the loyalty of her best friends, who help her navigate the woes of high school. Even though it's excessive, her brother's protective nature has some merit as well. On the downside, the show suggests that high school is a bastion of casual sex and unhealthy relationships. A mild-tempered teen with solid values is the moral mockery of the main characters who purport to be her friends.
Positive Role Models
Rarely are adults seen on the show; the only recurring grown-ups are teachers who hardly pass as role models. Andie is a decent kid but is heavily influenced by the sexualized culture around her and believes she needs a boyfriend (and a sexual relationship) to be complete. Surprisingly solid is her friend Dakota, who can always be counted on for reliable (if nontraditional) advice.
Violence & Scariness
A recurring plot device shows Andie's brother tackling and beating up the guys who flirt with her. No lasting injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Andie's quest to "get some action" accounts for much of the show's plot, and there's a lot of graphic talk between friends about how to go about that. Much kissing and making out between teens, including visible tongue action. A sex-ed episode gets graphic.
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"F--k" is bleeped. Crass name-calling like "chode." Some threatening talk. Lots of slang references to sexual topics, including "getting play," showing "tatas," being a "ho," a guy "fluffing his stuff" to attract girls, a "tampon tunnel," "sloppy seconds," a guy's "spank bank" (collection of sexy pictures of girls), plus phrases such as "suck their spit into my throat hole."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some episodes involve drug use that's spun for humor and has little consequence. In one case, Andie and her friends get high from some bake sale products at school, for instance.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Foursome is a teen-geared YouTube Red comedy series with excessive sexual references. Central character Andie is driven by one thing: her quest for sex, preferably with the guy she's been crushing on for years. She's guided in her efforts by her best friends, each of whom has a different perspective on sex (one is gay, one is very sexually active with Andie's brother, and one is a wallflower). Teens talk openly about sex, often using slang such as "sloppy seconds," "spank bank," and the constant desire to "get some play." The physical component is less graphic, although couples kiss (with much tongue) a lot. Language is sparse, and "f--k" is edited. While there are some positive qualities to Andie's friendships, the fact that she defines herself by her inability to entice a boyfriend is a worrisome message for teens in the audience.
Is It Any Good?
This racy comedy is one part friendship and three parts suggestion that to exist in high school without having sex is a recipe for mockery. It's easy to like Andie's relationship with her slightly oddball peeps -- unapologetic Dakota, introverted misfit Imogen, and Courtney, Alec's college-age girlfriend who inexplicably spends all her time at her old high school. This foursome ("not the sexual kind," as Andie says) certainly doesn't fit any mold, and for better or worse, they're Andie's lifeline as she tries to find her way through the quagmire of high school.
But Foursome spends far more time on edgier topics such as drugs, sex, and more sex than it does on anything else, and that's a major pitfall for impressionable teens who would tune in. Beyond the implications of constant references to "getting some," "hooking up," "getting play," and so on, these teens' graphic dialogue can be shocking to the uninitiated's senses, and some of the slang may even introduce new terms and phrases to viewers' vernaculars. Ultimately this series begs for parental co-watching.
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