A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?