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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's intelligent, well-educated protagonist starts out with high ideals but ultimately grapples with temptation. Can she stay true to herself and still reap the rewards of a privileged lifestyle? Her teen charges are equally complex: They lost both of their parents in a tragic accident and have tried to fill the void with material things.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing, and sex is mentioned a few times but never shown in graphic detail. There's also some higher-level sexual innuendo, such as the fact that the main character's college thesis topic dealt with phallic imagery.
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"Bitch" (and variations like "bitchy") is used a good bit, along with other descriptive put-downs like "douche bag," "slutty ho bag," and "hooker." The word "vajayjay" is also used.
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Products & Purchases
A few high-end brands (like Versace) are mentioned. The Bakers' world is full of fancy, high-end products and luxuries.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters drink in social settings; in at least one scene, teens are also shown drinking champagne and what appear to be mixed drinks at a society gathering. The drinks are quietly taken from them, but there are no serious consequences.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is dramedy is actually a decent choice for older teens because it thoughtfully explores a world of privilege that's often glorified in today's popular culture. Still, there's a good bit of blunt language to contend with (think "vajayjay" and "douche bag") and some instances of underage drinking (which don't appear to have serious consequences). And, context or no, teens who watch will see a fair number of high-end brands and get an eyeful of a generally luxurious, unattainable lifestyle.
Is It Any Good?
Armed with a hummable soundtrack of pop hits and an intensely likeable protagonist, PRIVILEGED is more appealing than "just another teen soap." Teens will love the characters, the romantic subplots, and the glamour of a fashionable world in which girls routinely "puke outfits cuter than yours." But parents will be happy to know that the overall message is more good than bad. Sure, there are a few plot points that require a serious suspension of disbelief (like the fact that Megan could land this gig in the first place). But the best part of the show is that it doesn't blindly idolize the lives of society kids -- instead, it reveals a bit of tarnish on all that bling they're wearing.
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