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Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media
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Sisters stick together through it all; teens OK.

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Positive Messages

Some sexual promiscuity, but not without discussion or emotional consequence; family members have strong ties.


One night stands; cheating on boyfriend/girlfriend; a college girl has her first sexual experience in a dorm.


"Bitch," "ass," and the like.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some alcohol use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the series addresses mature subjects, including promiscuity, virginity (and the loss thereof), and infidelity. The main characters are four sisters who often argue and trade insults but treat family relationships with the highest regard.

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What's the story?

RELATED follows the interwoven lives of the four Sorelli sisters: Ginnie (Jennifer Esposito), a married, pregnant workaholic; Anne (Kiele Sanchez), a therapist and subsitute mom to her sisters; Marjee (Lizzy Caplan), an event coordinator and the black sheep of the family; and the \"baby,\" Rose (Laura Breckenridge), a college student. Their mother died when the girls were young, and their dad still lives in Brooklyn, running the family deli. The sisters all live in Manhattan, where they keep close tabs on each other, bickering, sharing their problems, crying on each other's shoulders, and generally acting like any siblings might -- with both love and opposition. The characters do not take sexual matters -- particularly promiscuity and infidelity -- lightly, discussing the consequences of such actions at length. The series' other common themes include issues related to the sisters' early loss of their mother and their desires for success and lasting relationships.

Is it any good?

There is a sweetness to Related's characters and their relationships. Although the topics are often adult, mature teens might be in tune with some of the issues the women face.

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  • Families can talk about how teens treat their own sibling(s). Are the characters' relationships the kind teens should aspire to? Do teens consider their own sibling a friend?

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