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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

So-so sitcom shows teens downside of social media excess.

TV ABC Comedy 2014
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SELFIE is a comical commentary on our app-crazed modern society as it's represented by the excessively shallow Eliza. One hopes that her narcissism is the exception rather than the rule, of course, but it's hard to watch her obsessive posting, status checks, and, yes, selfies and not consider how your own digital behavior might compare. Even at lesser levels, there's no arguing that social media has changed how we present ourselves and how we relate to other people, and this show attempts to weigh the benefits of this shift against the potential damage it's done to interpersonal relationships.

Even so, Selfie seems geared more toward teens than adults, who will quickly tire of being smacked in the face by its glaringly obvious messages. It doesn't hint at its themes; it spells them out in insightful dialogue that gives the story an air of repetition even as it delivers some really decent substance. The characters' foibles are entertaining to watch, and it's hard not to feel some sympathy for Eliza. If nothing else, this series is a lighthearted way to start a conversation with your teens about the ups and downs of social media.

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