Love Bites

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Adult romcom isn't funny, and sex jokes are constant.

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

Positive Messages

There's a slight message supporting honesty (which often comes by way of dishonesty) and trust among characters in committed relationships.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters often make questionable choices -- for example, telling a lie -- but most correct their errors by the end of the episode.

Violence
Sex

Sexual situations (including simulated oral sex and masturbation) and sexual banter, including a character who takes a job in a sex shop, another who uses a vibrator, and a third who attempts to join the mile-high club. No sensitive body parts are shown.

Language

Audible terms include "damn," "hoo-hah," "penis," "douche," and "orgasm."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some celebratory social drinking, at times to the point of drunkenness.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this hour-long comedy series is targeting adults, both of the single and married persuasion, and does so with heavy-handed jokes about sex. You won't see sensitive body parts, but you will see simulated sex acts (including oral sex and masturbation) and hear words like "douche," "penis," "orgasm," and "hoo-hah." There's some social drinking, too.

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What's the story?

Alternating between storylines -- and between coasts -- LOVE BITES is an anthological romcom concerning the romantic foibles of three main characters: Annie (Becki Newton), a pregnant but single New Yorker who's carrying a baby for her married sister and brother-in-law, and married couple Colleen and Judd (Constance Zimmer and Greg Grunberg), who live together in Venice Beach. But there's also an ever-changing coterie of guest stars, including Jennifer Love Hewitt and Craig Robinson.

Is it any good?

Even if Love Bites' frustrating "anthology" format worked, an entire hour is way too long, and there's a surprising lack of laughs for that much screen time.

It's also strange that, in spite of the 10 or so characters viewers meet in the first episode (including the ever-reliable Craig Robinson of The Office), the show's website warns that only three of them are permanent. (And, we'll tell you right now: It's not the best three.) So forget about love; the only thing that really bites here is the concept.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the show's portrayal of love and relationships. What messages does the show send about being single vs. being married? Of the couples you see on the show, who has the healthiest relationship? Are coupled-up characters "better off" than those who are single?

  • What role does sex play in these characters' lives? How do the single and married characters' attitudes about sex differ?

  • What do you think of the show's format? How does the decision to set each episode in several different cities affect the pacing and plot? Are some storylines more compelling than others?

TV details

For kids who love romance

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