A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While there's some attempt to equate the long-term emotional support of close friends to that of a makeshift family, there's a much more obvious focus on the short-term physical benefits of casual sex.
Positive Role Models
No character is completely awful, but most are over-focused on sex and their social lives.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent (but intentionally comic) sexual content, including simulated casual sex (no sensitive body parts shown) and sexually charged jokes about things like "vajazzling" and "swinging." There's a general preoccupation with having sex in the context of dating.
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Audible words like "hell," "bitch," "douchebag," "ass," "boobs," "balls," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Regular social drinking; one character tends bar, so the friends typically hang out there in every episode.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that "friends with benefits" is a loaded term used to describe a friendship involving casual sex with no real romantic connection. And as the title suggests, this sitcom contains frequent sexual content -- from simulated sex to suggestive jokes about swinging -- although most of it is comic in tone and no sensitive body parts are shown. You'll also hear language like "douchebag," "bitch," and "balls," and see regular social drinking.
Is It Any Good?
Friends with Benefits (which isn't to be confused with the big-screen romcom of the same name) took a long time to make it to the airwaves, and whether it remains there seems unlikely. That's not to say it's awful, but it doesn't have enough of the goods to have any real staying power. "Goods" being good characters, good jokes, and good plots.
Its attempt to revamp the successful Friends formula with casual sex right from the get-go (as in, right from the very first scene of the very first episode) certainly sends a clear message as to what the show is all about. But that won't be enough for most viewers, who'll likely want their sex with a little more substance.
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