By Joyce Slaton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Raunchy jokes, drugs, and lots of cursing in so-so comedy.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Fame, wealth, and power are exalted explicitly, but the messages are undercut by the downsides of excess.
Positive Role Models
Main character Johnny is a drug addict and womanizer but seeks redemption and finds it through relationships with family and friends.
Violence & Scariness
A man forcibly tries to kiss a woman; she knocks him down.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women referred to as "hot"; references to group sex; consequence-free casual sex; infidelity. A man mistakenly tries to passionately kiss his daughter.
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Continual unbleeped cursing: "holy s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole." Other four-letter words ("f--k") bleeped. Vulgar terms for body parts and oral sex.
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Products & Purchases
Real-life celebrities appear as themselves (Dave Grohl from Nirvana and Foo Fighters); celebrities are referred to (Lady Gaga, Bryan Adams, Jon Bon Jovi); Web services such as Twitter mentioned; Apple logo shown repeatedly.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters seen on-screen snorting "cocaine" that turns out to be cleanser; many jokes about drugs. Characters drink, misuse prescription medication, smoke marijuana on-screen. Scenes take place at bars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll is a comedy about an aging rocker who reconnects with his fame-hungry daughter. The jokes are extremely raunchy: A man tries to passionately (mistakenly) kiss his daughter, there's an extended sequence about code words for female private parts, and there are jokes about and references to group sex, oral sex, and consequence-free casual sex. Expect frequent unbleeped cursing: "s--t," "a--hole," vulgar expressions referring to sex. Characters snort cocaine and smoke marijuana on-screen. Brand logos are shown; real celebrities and rock stars appear as themselves and are plot points.
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What's the Story?
It was all SEX&DRUGS&ROCK&ROLL when Johnny Rock (Denis Leary) and his band the Heathens had their brief, shining moment of indie fame. Unfortunately, on the brink of releasing their first album, they broke up after lead guitarist Flash (John Corbett) caught Johnny in bed with his wife, and it's been downhill ever since. Johnny is exhausted, broke, and on the verge of joining a Bryan Adams tribute band when his long-lost daughter shows up. Gigi (Elizabeth Gillies) has some money to burn and a towering desire to be famous, plus the talent to back it up. She persuades her dad to get the band back together -- with her as the lead singer and Dad relegated to behind-the-scenes status.
Is It Any Good?
The cast of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll is charming enough, and there are some talented writers at the helm, but there are equally cringe-worthy elements that detract from the funny. Leary plays over-it-all reliably well, and he makes a creditable exhausted never-was rock star. But would a young, aspiring singer really pin her chances at success on reforming her dad's old band and taking it on the road? This creaky concept and numerous sitcom hijinks -- people run into each other in New York City with weird frequency on this show -- take the goings-on down a couple of notches.
However, some jokes do hit their targets -- we're suckers for good gags about song cycles and other music nerdery -- and several of the cast members are gems, most particularly Elaine Hendrix, whom you may recognize as the meanie from The Parent Trap remake as well as Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion. Give this woman more to do, please! But let it not be singing on this show. The moments when the band is singing together, clearly meant to generate some good vibes, are painful. A little advice: Stick to the workplace dynamics of a rock band. In these moments, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll shines.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the premise for this show. How likely is it that a young artist would enlist the help of an older one who was never famous?
Think about other shows that take place in creative workplaces: ad agencies, magazines, movie studios. Do these productions show what the characters are actually producing, as on Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll?
- Premiere date: July 16, 2015
- Cast: Denis Leary, John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies
- Network: FX
- Genre: Comedy
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: October 14, 2022
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