A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Jane faces a morally fraught situation with a cool head, looking beyond her own desires to consider how her decision will affect everyone involved. The story treads very lightly on some pretty weighty issues related to reproductive rights and abortion, but it will make you mull them over. Most of the main characters -- including Jane and her family -- are Latino, which brings some racial diversity to the screen even as it pokes good-natured fun at the Spanish soap opera genre. One character speaks Spanish almost exclusively. Matters of faith are merely hinted at, but you see images and gestures -- such as characters making the sign of the cross -- that bring it to mind.
Positive Role Models
Jane has strong values that were instilled in her by her devout grandmother, and they've played a big role in setting the groundwork for her responsible life track. Others around her are less principled, hinting at having shady pasts or manipulating people for their own gain. On the other hand, some characters surprise you in a good way, including Jane's mom, for whom Jane's situation inspires a deeper relationship with her daughter.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couples kiss and make out, and bedroom play implies that intercourse has just occurred. Other sex acts, including oral sex, are strongly hinted at as well. Extramarital affairs, casual sex, and lesbian relationships are part of the content. Dialogue often includes terms such as "boned" and references to STDs.
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Infrequent use of "ass," "dumbass," and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults often drink champagne and cocktails at events or meals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jane the Virgin is a dramedy that deals with mature sexual themes and touches on issues such as abortion and reproductive rights. Although her path to an unplanned pregnancy certainly bucks the norm (she's accidentally inseminated at a doctor's appointment after a celibate lifestyle), what stands out about Jane is her willingness to approach a difficult decision rationally and with consideration of others. Expect to see bedroom scenes that imply sex is to come or just occurred and others that imply oral sex and other contact that's not seen. Dialogue often includes terms such as "boned" as well as "hell" and "ass." On the plus side, Jane's family is a source of strength for her, and her predicament winds up bringing her closer to her mom.
Is It Any Good?
If you think JANE THE VIRGIN sounds like the stuff of a titillating soap opera, then its creators have done their job well. The somewhat far-fetched premise is partially based on -- and arguably intended to poke a little fun at -- the Latin American telenovela, which makes it an unusual find on mainstream American TV. With plot twists and complicated character relationships (some in the open, and some hiding in the shadows), plus plenty of deceit and manipulation, this often-heartwarming dramedy is an intriguing find in primetime TV dominated by crime shows and reality contests.
That said, there's a lot to consider in gauging whether or not it's right for your teens. The content is laden with sexual themes even if there is a relative lack of visible skin. There's the accidental pregnancy, of course, and all the ethical issues that raises, as well as extramarital affairs among both heterosexual and homosexual couples. Then there's Jane's lifelong virginity, which is cast in a mostly positive light as far as values go but still causes issues in her relationship with her boyfriend, sending somewhat mixed messages to impressionable teens. Ultimately, though, Jane herself stands out as a beacon of goodness and morality in spite of what goes on around her. The bottom line? If your teens are ready for the implications of these mature themes, then this offbeat series will be a fun one for you to watch together.
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