Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Adult divorce drama has mature themes, innuendo, cursing.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Divorce is a major theme, but much of the focus is on how women are coping with their exes and their new lives. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Exes are often vindictive toward each other.

Violence

Occasionally arguments become briefly physical. A few images of violent video games.

Sex

Divorce and infidelity are major themes. Crude references to sexual acts, sex toys, BDSM, genitals, and the like; occasional sexual activity. Breasts partially visible, as is opposite- and same-sex kissing. 

Language

Words such as "screw," "hell," "crap," "ass," "bitch," and "p---y"; the word "s—t" is often used. 

Consumerism

Range Rover, Fiat, iPad, and iPhone. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigarette smoking, alcohol drinking (wine, hard liquor, cocktails).

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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11, 14, and 16 year old Written bybooklover9919 April 27, 2017

Way more graphic than I expected

I like the show okay but its not for kids or even teenagers. The sex scenes are VERY graphic. It's not the usual make out passionately then cut to the a... Continue reading
Adult Written bySabrina P. September 25, 2017
One there is a ridiculous amount of sex scenes, the content and story lines are mediocre and all of the women are terribly selfish and snobby and make the worst... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byWill2567 July 28, 2017

YIKES

Yikes. So my parents watched this with kids around, but not really paying attention, and jeez- too much sex. The scenes are graphic and harsh, loud, etc. NOT o... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bydeliaerune November 19, 2017

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?

TV details

For kids who love shows about family

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