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life as we know it

Shallow hormonal show about sex, sex, and sex.
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2004

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Despite an attempt to make the kids do the right thing, the aggressive boy sexuality overwhelms.

Not applicable

All about sex, including teacher/student sex and parental infidelity.


Frank sex talk about getting laid and how to make girls beg for it.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Underage drinking with no consequences.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this show is all about how boys want to have sex. In the pilot a teacher flirts with a student and shows him her breasts, a mother has an affair with her son's hockey coach, and all three boys who star obsess about having sex. And this is just the first episode. In addition, kids drink with no consequences and urge a kid to steal his parents' wine.

What's the story?

Hormonal show LIFE AS WE KNOW IT centers on three boys -- Dino, the jock, Jonathan, the artist, and Ben the brain -- who have only one thing in common: all they think about is sex. Dino wants to take his girlfriend's virginity because "No matter what else, I will always know I was there first," while Ben sees his literature teacher's breasts, then almost kisses her, then almost swoons as she handles a stick shift in her car. The closest we get to a sympathetic character is Jonathan, who, in spite of hating to be teased, still chooses to go out with the fat girl he really likes (who is beautifully and engagingly acted by Kelly Osbourne).

Is it any good?


life as we know it is rated TV-14, but if your kids aren't having sex, this hardly seems like the kind of peer role modeling messages you want them to absorb. Girls talk about being sluts and buy red sexy underwear, while boys talk about how to get girls to beg them to have sex. Girls also put their feet in boys' crotches in science class, causing erections and immediate departures to the restroom. There's also a running "joke" about who the boys would rather sleep with, their mothers or their fathers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether sex has any meaning other than as achievement or trophy. Also, you might want to discuss marital infidelity and Dino's anger with his mother.

TV details

Premiere date:October 7, 2004
Cast:Chris Lowell, Jon Foster, Sean Faris
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written byDAz mongoose March 3, 2016


An average of 4 stars from kids for a show like this. Kids.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byEspumaMarina October 16, 2010


I'm sick of the S-word. And I'm tired of shows constantly talking about it. It can make some teens that are in the 'mood' assume "well everyone's doing it, its so common" -I said SOME teens, not all. This show is gone... right? I'm frankly sick of stars in 'high school' shows (when they probably didn't even GO to public High School) yes, it can get dramatic, but they completely over do it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

Seems like school

This show seems like everbody's circle. I don't have much of a circle, maybe my circle would be like this if I weren't getting A's and if I had a good outlook on this "high" (joke) school thing. Yes I hear lots of sex talk and swearing and other junk at my school overrun by gothics and poseur punks. But anyway this show is reminiscent of the things I hear at high school. Since I highly dislike going there, why on earth would I give a show that completely reminds me of the place a good rating?