A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The friendships on the show are exemplified by quipping and mocking each other, which sends an iffy message about true friendship. Also, everyone's obsessed with sex.
Positive Role Models
Though the characters on Friends with Better Lives are "good" people, they seem to take sex, love, and family obligations lightly.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are a lot of pretty bawdy sex jokes, such as a running joke that a wife isn't giving her husband enough of a specific type of sex, which is referred to in jokes about "head" and "blowing." The audience sees characters in bed in their underwear, making out, and hears plenty of references to sex, of the marital and the hook-up variety.
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Some cursing ("hell," "bitch"), and plenty of salty language, such as when one character gestures to his private area and announces he's going to let these "two horses" run.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink what appears to be wine and beer in many scenes. No one acts drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Friends with Better Lives is a multi-camera sitcom with a cast of attractive thirtysomethings struggling with life and love. There is some onscreen drinking, and cursing, but what will primarily concern parents is the nonstop barrage of sex jokes, which touch on casual sex, sexual marathons, specific sexual acts, body parts, and so on. There is plenty of salty language, and adult situations such as characters in their underwear, making out in bed, and one character using a breast pump (we see no nudity). Some of the characters are married, others are single and dating; expect revolving partners and jokes about love and sex.
Is It Any Good?
Like so many so-so comedies, Friends with Better Lives has the beats of funny, without the actual funny. We know from the way the actors pause and then hit their lines that we're supposed to be laughing. But we're not actually laughing at jokes about wives who don't give their husbands enough oral, or vegan restaurants that (get this!) make cheese out of nuts! It's hard to shake the feeling that Friends with Better Lives is yet another retread on the same old Friends setup, with a foxy ensemble cast set loose in scenarios both sexy and silly. It's equally hard not to imagine the series of pitch meetings CBS held for How I Met Your Mother that resulted in Friends with Better Lives.
It's a pity, too, because like HIMYM, Friends with Better Lives features appealing actors, especially the gimlet-eyed Zoe Lister Jones, who bites off every line like she's speaking through a mouthful of glass shards. Van Der Beek, too, has a great smarmy affect that puts one in mind of the early days of Neil Patrick Harris on HIMYM. If only this show would let these two good actors be recognizable people instead of sitcom characters delivering quips.
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