Girl Code

 
(i)

 

Edgy female-driven comedy has sexy stuff, stereotypes.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The comedic series offers a variety of viewpoints about how women should act, from a female perspective. There are a variety of opinions and while some stereotypes are reinforced, empowering messages are also offered, such as: be happy with your body, do what you want, don't worry about what others think, be kind to your friends.

Positive role models

Cast members admit to engaging in obnoxious behaviors and doing things that are not socially acceptable at times. Commenters are generally comedians or other people in the public eye, but are otherwise diverse in many different ways and seem comfortable in their skin.

Violence

References to catty behavior. Reenactments feature women yelling and shoving each other in a comedic manner.

Sex

Lots of not-so-subtle conversations about sexual acts, and brief scenes of people in bed before, during, and after sex, (but only kissing is visible). Conversations about people's genitals are frequent and often crude. Provocative dancing is visible.

Language

Words like "bitch," "t-ts" and "ass" are audible; "d--k," "s--t," and "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism

References are made to Stolichnaya vodka and brand names, but no logos are visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking (wine, cocktails, beer, shots) is visible; scenes and descriptions of obnoxious drunken behavior are frequent. Women are warned to not to accept drinks from strangers.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Girl Code is a female-driven comedy clip show that offers a view of young women's lives that involves lots of drinking and sex. The female commentators make lots of strong (and sometimes crude) references to sexual acts, dating practices, and genitals. Viewers see brief reenactments of men and women in bed (kissing is visible). The comedians also use lots of strong language and reenacted scenes show women drinking excessively, fighting, and dancing provocatively. Gender and racial/ethnic stereotypes are frequently used.

What's the story?

GIRL CODE is a unique female-driven comedy series that offers a comedic commentary on the world of womanhood. It stars a long list of stand-up comediennes like Jessiemae Paluso and Nicole Byer, actresses like Alesha Renee, radio personalities like Nessa Nitty, and other female personalities, all of whom have something to say about the unwritten rules of behavior that women should understand and follow when doing things like drinking, dancing, and making the most of having a "friend with benefits." A few guys, like Money from Strangers host Jeff Dye and actor/and comedian Jordan Carlos regularly share their thoughts about the impact these codes have on them. Adding to the fray are a long list of actors, singers, and other celebs, all of who weigh in on various subjects.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Girl Code, which is a spinoff of the MTV2 series Guy Code, offers some witty and irreverent social guidance for today's young women from the point of view of other women who are also making their way through the complicated world of friendship, dating, and other activities. It also offers some insight into the way men allegedly understand and/or misinterpret the unwritten rules by which women should live by, and how this this impacts the way they communicate with each other.

The wide-array of cast members, comedy styles, and subject matter create some funny moments. But the frequent sexual references, crude jokes, and gender and racial/ethnic stereotyping often used to get laughs aren't for everyone. Nonetheless, it offers viewers a chance to hear what people have to say about gender-related subjects that folks often think about, but never really discuss.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about humor. What makes a TV show or movie funny? Is it the cast? Or the jokes that they tell? Should stereotypes ever be used as a way to make people laugh? Are there any subjects that are considered too serious or taboo to poke fun at?

  • Do you think that the insight offered in this show about women is truthful or fair? What is the purpose of a show like this?

TV details

Cast:Jeff Dye, Jessimae Paluso, Nicole Byer
Network:MTV
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

This review of Girl Code was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 16 years old Written byhagh August 11, 2013
 

um... well

It is hilarious funny and a little crude but a great show for the older teen it all depends on your child and how they perceive TV and how closely they mimic TV to life or how impressionable they are.
Teen, 14 years old Written bymojorocks1 June 25, 2013
 

14 or above is fine

They do swear a lot but the girls gig ether advice on sitiorations
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent Written byxavierklaw November 30, 2014
 

MTV should go back to music only.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Digital Compass