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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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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 ...
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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