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 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.
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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.
Talk to your kids 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?