Parents' Guide to

I Just Want My Pants Back

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Lots of sex, drinking in young adult-focused comedy.

TV MTV Comedy 2011
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Lovable loser Jason romanticizes a life of mediocrity almost like a younger, modern-day George Costanza. He's goofy and uninspired, yet he still manages to surround himself with loyal friends and get a little action here and there -- which, after all, seems to be his main priority. Jason's blasé approach to life is an appealing escape from reality that's best appreciated by adults who've harbored their own fantasies of casting fate to the wind (and really, who hasn't?) but who can also recognize that such a lifestyle has major drawbacks.

As for the younger crowd, not only does this series warp reality and disregard normal consequences for the characters' carefree lifestyle, it's laden with casual sexual content that's presented as normal -- and at times, commendable -- behavior for this age group. What's more, the fact that drinking and drug use likely contribute to the promiscuity apparently isn't worth addressing. While most of what they see and hear on this show isn't likely to surprise older teens who are well-versed in edgier selections, there aren't any positive messages here. But if they do tune in, at least you can use it as a jumping-off point for conversations about sexuality, responsibility, and positive lifestyle choices.

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