Idiotsitter

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Rowdy, funny comedy about a wild heiress and her caretaker.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series concentrates too much on the hilarity of being out of control to provide good moral lessons, but the characters are loyal to each other and try to help each other out (sometimes in terrible ways). 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Main character Billie is supposed to be the upstanding one but is often presented as ridiculous and ineffectual while irresponsible lush Gene is viewed as cute (if a wreck). 

Violence

One character begs another to hit her hand with a rock to get out of trouble with the police. 

Sex

One character wears a vulgar T-shirt with a penis joke on it; a man says he's going to give a woman "a push in the bush with my penis." 

Language

Occasional cursing in jokes; bleeped "s--t," "f--k." Vulgar references to body parts. 

Consumerism

References to real-life shows such as Castle and Friends as well as celebrities such as Mariah Carey. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One character is an unrepentant drug addict and alcoholic; many visual references to drugs and alcohol as well as drinking on-screen by characters who slur their words and act in socially unacceptable ways. Characters drink from red plastic cups, plastic shot glasses, and bottles of liquor at a party and act silly; a man vomits on a woman. Characters smoke pot using a pipe and a bong made from an apple. Characters slip a pill into a woman's drink to get her out of the way. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Idiotsitter is a comedy about a woman who becomes a court-appointed monitor for an unstable 20-something heiress, Gene. She's a substance abuser under house arrest -- she and other characters smoke pot and drink on-screen, with many visual jokes about the results. A woman is drugged without her consent at a wild party and awakens after a few days with a nurse watching over her; no cops are called. Characters drink from liquor bottles, shot glasses, and red plastic beer cups. Expect cartoonish violence: One character begs another to hit her hand with a rock to evade trouble with the police. There are jokes about body parts, date rape, racism, sex, and drugs. A parent is inattentive and throws money at problems with his daughter instead of spending time with her. Language (bleeped) includes "s--t" and "f--k." 

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What's the story?

After out-of-control heiress Gene (Jillian Bell) is discovered swilling from a liquor bottle while riding her horse down the highway, she's placed under house arrest. Rather than keeping an eye on her themselves, her indulgent father Kent (Stephen Root) and out-of-it stepmother Tanzy (Jennifer Elise Cox) decide to hire Harvard-educated Billie (Charlotte Newhouse) to be Gene's court-appointed monitor, the IDIOTSITTER of the title. Now Billie has to somehow keep Gene home and relatively sober, help her pass her GED, and keep her from getting in any more trouble -- which, knowing Gene, is not going to be easy. 

Is it any good?

The ol' uptight-person-in-charge-of-a-big-mess plot line is hardly new or fresh, but absurd, unexpected jokes and delightfully over-the-top acting from the show's female leads make the timeworn device fresh once more. In one scene, Billie and Gene argue over who's the worst: "I thought your favorite movie was Pretty Woman because you love the opera and you're a whore for money!" hisses Gene. "Well, your favorite movie must be Waterworld because it's expensive and terrible like you!" returns Billie. That's some mighty weak wordplay, but the way the actresses deliver the lines as if they're solid burns is hilarious. It's all quite stupid, but the show's not trying to be anything but, and all the actors are so appealing it makes for fizzy fun. 

This show is way too dirty for young teens, but older ones who can see the tenderness beneath the vulgar jokes will be charmed -- though parents may want to watch with them to counter any questionable messages. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Shows and movies in which a straightlaced character is put in charge of an irresponsible one are quite common. How many can you name? How is this show alike or different from these examples? 

  • Is the audience supposed to like Gene? What about Billy? How can you tell? 

  • How would this show change if Gene weren't rich? Would it be less interesting? Less amusing? 

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