Secret Girlfriend

Common Sense Media says

Raunchy comedy series relies on sex and dumb stunts.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

As a rule, women are objectified and sexualized, and the guys' negative behavior is glorified for comedic effect.

Positive role models

The main character continues to have a sexual relationship with his ex-girlfriend while pursuing a relationship with another woman he likes better. And neither he nor his friends seem to have real jobs ... or ambition ... or much common sense.

Violence

Characters pull violent stunts (a guy stabs his friend in the head with a fork, hits him in the head with a toaster, etc.) to drive traffic for their viral videos. A "girl fight" in a bar involves broken bottles, ripped clothing, pulled hair, and savage beatings with a pool stick.

Sex

Lots of girls (including strippers) are shown wearing lingerie and participating in simulated sex acts, but no sensitive body parts are shown. Characters discuss sex and masturbation and make crude sexual jokes (a guy tells a friend who just ate messy hot wings: "It looks like you got your mouth raped by a salmon.")

Language

Audible words include "tits," "bitch," "ass," and "ball sack."

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Most of the group's social activities revolve around alcohol -- in bars, strip clubs, hotel pools, etc.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Secret Girlfriend is a lowbrow comedy about a trio of guys whose main interests are chasing women, drinking wine coolers, and coming up with new ideas for viral videos that will make them marginally famous. Sex plays a major role in the proceedings (expect to see lots of scantily clad ladies), with the main character bouncing between his ex-girlfriend and a new woman he's interested in. You won't hear major cursing, but the audible language (ranging from "ass" and "bitch" to "tits" and "ball sack") is pretty raunchy. There's also some cartoonish violence that looks serious but is played for laughs.

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What's the story?

An unseen single guy is trying to keep his new relationship on the down-low in SECRET GIRLFRIEND, a comedy based on a series that previously aired on the Internet. His primary goal, of course, is making sure that his unbalanced ex, Mandy (Alexis Krause), doesn't find out that he's now dating Jessica (Sara Fletcher). But since he's receiving texts (and sexual advances) from both women, it's complicated. His two best friends, Sam (Michael Blaiklock) and Phil (Derek Miller) don't make his life any easier with their never-ending schemes to get drunk, have sex, and get famous via a string of self-produced viral videos.

Is it any good?

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Apparently, Comedy Central picked up Secret Girlfriend because it did well on the web, where (according to its production company) it "probably got a million" views. Still, it's hard to believe that the show will find the same success on television. It does stand out for using an unusual convention: having all of the actors talk into the camera as if it were the main character, which supposedly allows the viewer to "become" part of the story. But it's a gimmick that gets old fast -- and in the end, the show just isn't that funny.

That said, parents should be warned that the show's immature antics will probably appeal to teenage boys, who are more likely than most to find these guys (who hold auditions in their apartment for unpaid "acting" gigs that require nudity and gorge on mac 'n' cheese from the local strip joint's all-you-can-eat buffet) amusing. But having your teens become part of this particular story? Well, it's the last thing most moms and dads would want.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether this show offers a realistic depiction of male behavior, particularly when it comes to sex. Do most twentysomething men act this way when they're hanging out together? Does the series glorify their behavior?

  • How are women portrayed on the show?

  • What do you think about the creators' decision to keep the main character off camera? Why do you think they made that choice? Does it work?

TV details

Cast:Derek Miller, Michael Blaiklock, Sara Fletcher
Network:Comedy Central
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14

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Parent Written byPlague December 3, 2009
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13
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Secret Girlfriend

Its an ok show is your day is boring or is you had a crappy day at work/school. Other than that, its pretty pointless.
Parent of a 2 and 17 year old Written byHuman November 17, 2009
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2
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nothing wrong with anything

an absolutely perfect kids show.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 12 year old Written bydarkglass October 8, 2009
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17
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Stupid show, stupid writing, makes me lose faith in American TV

It's a show made for 16 year old boys. If I wanted to see hot chicks and stupid viral videos I'd go hang out on the internet. And apparently the main character is wicked charming or something. You don't even have to have dialog and hot chicks crawl all over you.

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