A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Creativity and perseverance occasionally present themselves.
Positive Role Models
The members of the group believe in creativity. However, Dylan blogs candidly about herself and her friends and often videotapes them without their knowledge. She justifies this violation of privacy as creativity.
Violence & Scariness
Some arguing among the characters, usually as a result of Dylan's blogging.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing, hugging, and lots of strong sexual innuendo, including references to oral sex. Orgasm-like sounds are clearly audible. Some cast members are seen in bed together without clothing (though no nudity is visible). Dylan and others are occasionally seen in their underwear. Some plotlines focus on romantic relationships. Lisa has many one-night stands.
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Language includes words like "crap" and "bitch."
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Products & Purchases
Prominently features the Toyota Yaris. The show is promoted by and appears on MySpace.com.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol (beer, hard liquor) consumption visible. Lisa is a bartender; Dylan alleges that she has a drinking problem.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this blog-focused show from the creators of thirtysomething and My So-Called Life features some very iffy Internet-user behavior -- including videotaping people without their knowledge and posting the images online. Originally conceived as a TV series, the show was then reworked for the Web -- only to be picked up for broadcast after all. It has more substance than some other shows that got their start online -- as well as plenty of sexual innuendo (various references to sexual acts, audible orgasm sounds, etc.) and some strong language ("bitch," "crap"). It also overtly promotes the Toyota Yaris and is at the center of a significant online ad campaign on MySpace.
Is It Any Good?
Each episode (9 minutes online; longer in the repurposed TV version) combines humor and drama as the members of the bright-but-rather-self-absorbed group deal with friendships, endure the angst of romance, and struggle to hold on to their creativity while balancing the expectations of the professional world. But as Dylan's blog becomes more popular, these private events become very public, often leading to some very embarrassing and compromising moments. As a result, Dylan finds herself risking both her relationships and her career while she tries to satisfy her own artistic spirit.
Quarterlife was initially conceived as a TV series by Emmy Award winners Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz (best known for the popular series thirtysomething and My So-Called Life). The fact that it continues their tradition of good writing, solid characters, and multiple plotlines may be why network execs decided to broadcast it after all, once it found success online. But while the show has some substance, it's also got the kind of content generally associated with corporate-sponsored online shows -- most notably, prominent placement of brand-name products (in this case, Toyota Yaris hybrid vehicles). There's also plenty of sexual innuendo (including references to various sexual acts and audible orgasm sounds) and some strong language (including words like "crap" and "bitch"). So while the show is entertaining, it's not your best bet for tweens or and younger teens.
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