A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The young adult characters often lie and misrepresent themselves to each other, and Katie's relationship with her boyfriend is more about sex than affection. Mark is so desperate to win Katie's heart that he willingly suffers humiliation for her. Premarital sex is the norm among dating couples.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent sexual references and innuendo are a main source of the show's humor. Terms like "getting some" and "it's sex-o-clock" are common, as are insinuations of sexual activity. In one segment, for instance, a woman's roommates find soiled tissues throughout the apartment after she and her boyfriend had sex there. Partial nudity includes side views of a naked man (though his genitals aren't shown) and women in bras and lingerie. Couples are shown kissing and fondling in bed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the hormonally charged young adults at the center of this sitcom engage in plenty of sex-related talk (terms like "getting some" and allusions to recent sexual encounters are common). You can also expect make-out sessions and partial nudity (women in bras and lingerie and, in at least one scene, an obscured side view of a naked man). Little is off limits when it comes to sex, and the characters' romantic relationships are often rooted in physical attraction rather than affection. None of this is likely to surprise most teens, but parents will still want to follow up with their own take on responsible adult behavior.
Is It Any Good?
On paper, this show's plot bears strong similarity to Friends -- but don't get too excited about the possibility of a new classic sitcom just yet. Roommates feels more like a cheap knock-off; dull writing, predictable stories, and the so-so cast ensure that it's easily forgettable.
Because all of the main characters are twenty-somethings with raging hormones, much of the show's content -- and humor -- is rooted in sexuality, including plenty of premarital sex. Dating is more about physical pleasure than emotional stability, sending potentially iffy messages to teens about mutually respectful relationships. If your teens do watch, take the opportunity to talk with them about the benefits and responsibilities of young adulthood.
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