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Some of the featured friends don't want to leave their wild college days behind. The series is voyeuristic, showing women getting dressed, bickering, and engaging in sexual behavior. The cast is primarily Caucasian; Chloe is Asian, and Candra is African American.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of arguing, and some pushing and shoving.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing, hugging, and sexual innuendo. Lots of young women wear bikinis and skimpy underwear. Some of the roommates are shown getting dressed. Peyton starts stripping and becoming more overtly sexual in front of the camera. Some plotlines focus on romantic relationships.
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Includes words like "damn" and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Ford is the show's sponsor; the series prominently features Ford automobiles (especially the 2008 Ford Focus) other Ford products. Popular music by artists like Anavan, Sea of Air, and Starlite Desperation is featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Visible alcohol consumption.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this original Web series -- which was produced by MySpace and "airs" online -- features some strong language and sexual innuendo, as well as drinking and partying. The voyeuristic series follows eight former college roommates and is presented as a reality series in which four of them have agreed to have their lives filmed for a Web-based show. But it's really fully scripted -- which means all of the iffy stuff is planned out ahead of time. Viewers are encouraged to interact with the cast and the series online, submitting videos and participating in online discussions.
Is It Any Good?
Produced by and airing on MySpace (the show has its own page on the site), Roommates is aimed straight at teens who like shows like The Hills and Laguna Beach. While its plot lines are as unoriginal as some of its TV cousins, the series successfully creates a fictitious reality show environment that includes many of the same things that unscripted reality shows have -- from a good-looking cast to wild parties and endless petty arguments. It also creates a voyeuristic experience, allowing viewers to watch as the women get dressed, fight, and engage in sexual behavior.
The show's interactive nature will appeal to gadget-savvy teens who enjoy communicating with their favorite fictional characters. They may also like the fact that they can step out of this world of "unreality" and help influence the show's events.
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