Glory Daze

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Wild college comedy with drinking and sexual content.

Parents say

age 13+
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age 13+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

Friendship and loyalty are strong themes here. It also contains common stereotypes college co-eds behavior, as well as some obvious racial/ethnic stereotyping, though many of these stereotypes are viewed negatively.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite some of their crazy stunts, the guys mean well and prove to be loyal friends to each other. Professors and coaches don’t always offer the best advice to their students.


A student’s genitals get tasered by police. Another brands his buttocks with a fraternity insignia.


Contains some strong sexual content, including scenes of coeds in bed together and references to other sexual activities. Male and female students are shown in their underwear; young women sometimes wear skimpy bikinis, tight dresses, and dance provocatively. Some crude sexual references and hand gestures. One cast member’s virginity is discussed.


Words like “ass” and “cock” are audible. Rude gestures are also visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer is consumed freely, and bottles of vodka and other hard alcohol are frequently visible. Pot smoking is occasionally visible. Students sometimes engage in inappropriate behavior when drunk and/or high.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this comedy series about college life in the '80s contains images of people in their underwear, as well as some strong sexual innuendo, crude sexual references, and rude gestures. Students are often shown drinking (beer, hard liquor), smoking pot, and engaging in some stupid pranks. Words like “cock” and “piss” are sometimes audible. The show also contains positive messages about loyalty and friendship.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byzazmopepperz April 20, 2011

A toned down American Pie

Glory Daze is a fun entertaining show about a bunch of party crazy University freshman. I highly recommend it for teens because it's simple great entertain... Continue reading

What's the story?

GLORY DAZE is a scripted comedy set in 1986 about a group of freshmen that are making their way through the ups and downs of university life at the fictitious Hayes University. It features the clean-cut Joel Harrington (Kelly Blatz), whose staunch commitment to his pre-med classes is quickly pushed aside after meeting popular coed Christie DeWitt. He’s joined by Brian Sommers (Hartley Sawyer), a talented ball player who is trying to get away from his father’s baseball legacy, wealthy conservative preppy Jason Wilson (Drew Seeley), and Eli Feldman (Matt Bush), a young man with an overactive sex drive. As they take classes with eccentric teachers like Professor Haines (Tim Meadows) and receive guidance by fraternity leaders like Reno (Callard Harris) and Stankowski (Chris D’Elia), they find themselves enjoying their lives as coeds while building their own paths towards adulthood.

Is it any good?

The series takes a fun look at college life in the late 1980s by highlighting some of the day-to-day activities and crazy antics that college coeds are stereotypically known for. It also makes some obvious, but amusing references to the music, fashion, films, and conservative politics of the time.

Despite being set in the past, the positive messages it sends about friendship, loyalty, and finding one’s own way in life are timeless. But its strong sexual content, alcohol consumption, and drug use makes watching the show a guilty pleasure best left for older viewers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what college life is really like. Do most students drink and party or engage in sexual activity when they go to college? Or are these stereotypes perpetuated by the media?

  • What are some of the differences between today’s fashions, films, and politics and those of the 1980s? Are there issues and/or trends that have remained the same over the  years?

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