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 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce features lots of adult-oriented themes such as divorce, infidelity, and sexual experimentation and lots of strong sexual content (sex toys, sexual activity, crude references). There's also lots of strong vocab (including "s--t"), cigarette smoking, and drinking. Older teens might be interested, but the overall series is really geared toward adults.
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What's the story?
GIRLFRIENDS' GUIDE TO DIVORCE is a drama starring House actor Lisa Edelstein as Abby McCarthy, a self-help author of "mommy books" who is struggling with her failing marriage and its impact on her family. After publicly revealing that her perfect life is a lie, she must find a way to revamp her career while trying to figure out how navigate the social scene as a single woman, be a mom, and still be civil to ex-husband Jake (Paul Adelstein) during the divorce process. Guiding her are divorced friends such as free-spirited former model Phoebe (Beau Garrett) and edgy entertainment lawyer Lyla (Janeane Garofalo), who have their own unique ways of dealing with their exes. Adding to the mix is Abby's no-holds-barred divorce attorney Delia (Necar Zadegan) and her judgmental brother Max (Patrick Heusinger), who views marriage as a permanent commitment after fighting for the right to marry his husband. Every step of the way is difficult, but Abby knows it's all part of resetting her life.
Is it any good?
Inspired by Vicki Iovine's Girlfriends' Guide books, the series offers a semi-humorous look at what happens when married women and mothers must come to terms with the fact that their lives no longer live up to the image they portray to the outside world, and the expectations placed on them as a result. It also points to many of the issues that emerge when ending a marriage, which range from exploring newly found sexual freedoms to negotiating the emotional and financial impacts of divorce.
The show's narratives are mostly told from a woman's point of view, and the content is decidedly mature. Yet there's some lightheartedness here, which allows for some entertaining moments. But the overall series is very adult-oriented, and much of what's featured here will not resonate with young people's experiences. Nonetheless, there are many grown-ups who will identify with the premise of the show and others who will appreciate the overall story.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how divorce is discussed in the media. What are some common stereotypes the media uses to portray divorcing couples? Are there any examples of TV shows or films that feature them differently? Should divorce ever be a source of humor?
How realistic is the main character's experience? What is exaggerated to make the show more entertaining?
Are the characters in this series rich, poor, or somewhere in between? How can you tell?
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