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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show stresses that life rarely goes the way we plan and that most people experience life-altering moments of personal drama. The mood is somber more often than rosy.
Positive Role Models
Most characters are trying to do the right thing, even if they don't always make the right choices. Most have some flaws, but they're of varying degrees of severity.
Violence & Scariness
Violence plays out in the form of war footage (including some shooting), mild fistfights, and mention of a suicide.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some scenes involve sexual innuendo or sexual situations and, in rare cases, blurred nudity. One character is pregnant, another got pregnant on prom night, and a third wants to be a father but finds out he's infertile.
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Infrequent bleeped swearing (mostly "f--k") and audibles like "bitch," "ass," "penis," and "balls."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking, and a few scenes take place in bars. One character is a bartender, and others drink to excess to blow off steam.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that part of this fictional documentary series plays out through high school flashbacks, but the majority of the action concerns adults living their lives in the present day. The main characters are in their late 20s and are grappling with a range of personal dramas, including pregnancy, infertility, unhappy marriages, and spouses who are off at war. There's also some bleeped swearing ("f--k") and sexual content, including rare flashes of blurred nudity, as well as some mild violence and social drinking.
Is It Any Good?
Despite its documentary-inspired format, My Generation comes off as completely contrived and improbable rather than real. After all, relying on tiresome stereotypes like "The Jock" and "The Nerd" is bad enough -- as is expecting viewers to accept these obviously adult actors as high school teens via flashback.
But the fact that these characters grow up, intermingle, and all happen to have ties to some of the most critical moments in recent history (including the Enron scandal, the controversial election of George W. Bush, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the Iraq War) is the icing on a very poorly constructed cake. If this were a comedy, we might actually laugh, but since it's a drama, we're not supposed to.
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