Ground Floor



Sitcom throwback has drinking and lots of sex jokes.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The employees on the show pay lip service to hard work but mostly spend their days messing around and talking to each other. The show does call out class and wealth differences, primarily through jokes.

Positive role models

Main characters are largely honorable and respectful towards each other, if very sitcom-quippy. The cast boasts some racial and ethnic diversity.

Not applicable

Sex jokes are very frequent. The central couple of the series got together through a drunken one-night stand and there are frequent jokes about sex: group sex, masturbation, erectile dysfunction, and the like.


Regular language includes "Dammit," "suck," "pissed," and "t-tties."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Main characters are mainly young and single and seem to hang out a lot in bars. Characters get and act drunk, and may do foolish things while drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ground Floor is a workplace comedy that contains frequent sex jokes. The series' main characters started dating after having a drunken one-night stand, and many of the characters in the office are young and single and talk/joke a lot about sex. The women on the show wear micro-minis and have low-level jobs; the finance workers on the top floor of the office are all male and mostly white. There is some mild cursing and language: things "suck" and people get "pissed." Many scenes take place in bars, where characters get drunk and do foolish things. If your teen is mature enough for a show like Friends, Ground Floor probably won't be a shocker, but parents may want to preview to make sure the sexy stuff isn't too much.

What's the story?

Brody (Skylar Astin) and Jenny (Briga Heelan) have made a mistake: After a raucous company party, they wake up in bed together and find they actually like each other. The only problem? Jenny works at a low-level job on the GROUND FLOOR at the office, and Brody's a top-floor guy, up with their master of the universe boss Remington Mansfield (John C. McGinley) and his suite of be-suited investment bankers. Coworkers on both sides of the great blue collar/white collar divide mock the couple for going rogue. But it looks like Brody and Jenny have something special here.

Is it any good?


With its improbably gorgeous characters, rapid-fire quips, and laugh track, if you squint, Ground Floor could be any one of the 1990s series its creators worked on: Spin City, Friends, Will & Grace. But that doesn't mean Ground Floor is bad: These shows are both classic and beloved, as well as missed; it's not such a bad thing to have a TV comedy that hearkens back to the time when everyone sat home watching sitcoms on Thursday nights.

Ground Floor's leads are cute and charming, and the show has a gem in the form of John C. McGinley, basically playing his character from Scrubs but still pulling it off. The show's secondary characters, Brody and Jenny's office cohorts, have enough quirks to make for amusing bot mots, and the upstairs/downstairs tension could prove fruitful. In short, if you mourn the 1990s comedy block, Ground Floor is worth a look, and may be good whole-family viewing for families with mature teens.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether the workplace featured on Ground Floor is realistic. Do the workers look and dress like people at work? Are the female cast members realistic looking? Does it matter to a comedy to have a realistic setting?

  • The creators of Ground Floor are veterans of other television sitcoms. What similarities does Ground Floor have to other TV comedies you have seen?

  • What audience is Ground Floor trying to reach? Old, young? Rich, poor? People of all ages and ethnic backgrounds? Men and women?

TV details

Cast:Briga Heelan, John C. McGinley, Skylar Astin
TV rating:TV-14

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Adult Written byJester™ November 22, 2013

Awesome Sitcom from Scrubs' Creator

My interest in Ground Floor was piqued by two things: that its by the creator of Scrubs, Bill Lawrence, and that it stars two of the cast from Pitch Perfect, Skylar Astin and Alexis Knapp. The show starts off feeling a bit try-hardish but once you've settled into the sense of humour and the almost-immediately likeable characters, Ground Floor will keep you laughing the whole way. There are frequent jokes regarding sexual issues, but no more than your average sitcom, and less so than popular ones like How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory. In saying that it is only 3 episodes in so it could escalate. Language isn't shocking regarding air time but it is worth mentioning that McGinley's character does use the S-word in both the second and third episodes. Overall, i would definitely recommend Ground Floor as a light-hearted comedy that keeps you laughing, provided you don't try and take it seriously; it doesn't take itself seriously after all, so why should we? Jester's Rating: 8/10
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written bystudboy24 November 25, 2013

Ground Floor

Common sense needs to add to the language section because that it the content for only the first episode. The second episode contains strong unbleeped words like p***y and s**t once. Also it has nonstop sex jokes
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byraygrizr January 20, 2015

foul words are foul

I am not a nerd nor a saint in the religious world but I don't believe using God's name in vain is needed on any TV show open to the general population. I won't tune in to see it again nor use the sponsor's products until the brazen swearing is calmed down.
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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