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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although the main characters have admirable qualities, they're riddled with flaws. One in particular cheats on her husband with a younger man -- multiple times.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex isn't constant, but when it happens, it's hot and heavy. A man is shown ripping off a woman's stockings, and there's a lot of audible sighing. In another scene, the camera just barely frames out a man's naked groin.
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For such a sexy show, it's surprisingly tame, but "ass," "damn," and "hell" are used, as are body-part references like "testicles."
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Products & Purchases
Occasional name-dropping takes place, including mentions of prescription drugs like Xanax and high-end brands like Armani and Fendi.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters are shown drinking socially (including at lunch) and sometimes talk about wanting a drink in times of stress. One character also mentions weed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, even though it's on network television, this adult drama's sexual content is relatively graphic and iffy even for most teens. No naked body parts are shown, but in one scene, the camera does come very close to revealing a naked man's genitalia. Things don't get much better when it comes to role modeling. One of the three main female characters decides to cheat on her husband simply because he's stopped showing interest in her sexually. Expect a fair amount of social drinking and label-related name-dropping as well.
Is It Any Good?
Lipstick Jungle is an obvious attempt to capitalize on the success of Sex in the City (HBO's iconic version of Bushnell's first book) and compete with ABC's Cashmere Mafia (a show produced by SATC creator Darren Star). But, much like a fake Fendi you might buy from a Manhattan street vendor, Lipstick Jungle is a poorly constructed copy.
While Cashmere is snappy, bold, and ridiculous -- and knows it -- Lipstick strives for a more natural dramatic style, yet ultimately comes off as too contrived. Part of the reason is the awkwardly written dialogue that presents the lead characters as two-dimensional archetypes -- rather than relatable human beings with complex emotions -- who sometimes sound like they're reading lines from a bad play.
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