A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?