A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show plays on clichés about dorm life, including excessive drinking, drug use, and rampant casual sexuality. It's funny, but it doesn't paint a very responsible picture of the college experience. Characters are typecast and mostly one-dimensional, which makes the jokes obvious.
Positive Role Models
Olivia is earnest and well intentioned, but even her best efforts usually are undermined by the shortcomings of her advisors team. One RA stands out as a hard worker (he holds down multiple jobs in addition to being a student), but he's often the brunt of jokes because of it.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens and young adults engage in a lot of casual sex. Most of it isn't shown, but the fact that it's going on is talked about at great length. Masturbation euphemisms such as "sizzle his bacon" and "flogging your dolphin." Mention of dry humping, "tapping that," autoerotic asphyxiation, sexually transmitted diseases, and having sex during a woman's period. Full-frontal male nudity with the groin blurred.
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"Damn," "hell," "d--k," and "ass." "S--t" is edited. Body references such as "penis" and "vagina."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of drinking at parties and around the dorm. Many students are shown drunk or stoned, and their excessive behavior is meant to be funny.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Resident Advisors is a comedy series set in a college dorm where the underclassmen and their questionable authority figures engage in all kinds of excessive behavior. There's frequent drinking, which often results in public drunkenness and questionable decisions, plus many examples of teens being stoned, though drug use isn't shown. Most students seek out casual sex, with some making it a goal to sleep with as many partners as they can. You'll hear lots of euphemisms for intercourse and masturbation and detailed accounts of every imaginable sexual topic, including jokes about the futility of trying to push abstinence. For the most part, the RAs advocate all of it, and some even join in the behavior themselves, rarely experiencing realistic consequences. Mature teens (particularly those in college themselves) will find the show amusing, but, for younger and impressionable ones, it sends some iffy messages about the reality of these exploratory years.
Is It Any Good?
Conjure up every cliché you've ever heard about dorm life, and you can pretty much guess the direction Resident Advisors takes at the get-go. If this comedy is to be believed, the college years are saturated in alcohol and accented by the occasional drug or two. Even more dominant is the seemingly requisite sexual experimentation, so rampant that RAs stock condoms by the case and decorate hall bulletin boards with cut-outs of smiling sperm wearing them as hats to advocate safe sex. For those who are safely in the midst of or beyond those admittedly crazy years, Resident Advisors is a laugh-out-loud comedy that also reminds us how TV often misrepresents the truth.
But the messages get more complex when you're talking about teens who don't have the life experience to separate fact from the show's exaggerated suggestions of college life. Unless you're there to set them straight, what they'll take away from watching is that rules and responsibility are mere speed bumps on the path to truly embracing the full collegiate experience, frequent "sexiling" (booting your roommate to the curb so you can have sex) and copious drinking included.
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