A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series underscores how difficult it can be to raise teenage daughters, but it also shows how adults can fail to be responsible parents. And it demonstrates what can happen when children are overindulged and/or aren't taught to respect boundaries. References to racism (as a negative thing).
Positive Role Models
Sophie and Mackenzie are often bratty, disrespectful, and sneaky, and they lie. Their parents love them but aren't always willing to discipline them and/or make them face the consequences of their actions.
Violence & Scariness
Yelling and screaming sometimes result when Annie and Nikki try to discipline Sophie and Mackenzie.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to teen pregnancy. The teens like to dress in sexually provocative clothes that are often deemed inappropriate by their parents.
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Words like "damn," "bitch," and "dumb ass" are frequent.
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Products & Purchases
References to The Gap and other establishments popular with teens.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking is referenced, and alcohol (hard liquor; beer) consumption is visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this comedy features parents who seem unwilling or incapable of disciplining and setting boundaries for their teenage daughters. There's lots of bratty behavior, sneaking around, and lying. Drinking (hard liquor, beer) is visible, the teens like to dress in revealing clothing, and references are made to teen pregnancy. There's also lots of salty language ("damn," "bitch," "dumb ass") and references to stores like The Gap.
Is It Any Good?
The series attempts to take a humorous look at the challenges that come with raising teenage daughters. But what it really does is center on adults who love their daughters but are unwilling to take a tough stance with their children when necessary. The show pits the mothers against the daughters and shows how easily the girls resort to disrespect, insults, and even lying to get what they want while their moms beg them to listen, behave, and/or love them. Meanwhile, their fathers prefer to placate their girls rather than face the conflicts that inevitably arise from setting strict disciplinary boundaries.
Granted, the moms often find ways to get back at their daughters for their sneaky behavior, but the problem is that it's often done in a way that's secretive and passive-aggressive. As a result, the young women never appear to understand (or care that much about) the consequences of their actions, and lessons never seem to be learned. Some viewers may find all of this relatable and funny, but the underlying message the show is sending about parent-teen relationships isn't so rosy.
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