Sex/Life

TV review by Angelica Guarino, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Soapy drama glamorizes emotional abuse and revenge porn.

Netflix Drama 2021

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 18+

Based on 7 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 18+

5 out of 5

I thought that was very good storyline to the story including the sex to was good too.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+

So much promise and such disappointment

The show is entertaining, and there is very good acting and portrayal of issues that take place in any marriage. I enjoyed the first six or seven episodes. However I would caution any person who's ever been in a relationship that has been destroyed by infidelity to steer clear of this. It will be almost like a flashback of sorts. I know it may be unpopular with many people but the main character. Billie, becomes an infuriating, completely unsympathetic character who is self absorbed, reckless, incapable of being honest, manipulative, and devoid of any empathy for the people who she is supposed to care for. A married wife of a genuinely wonderful hardworking and honest man, Cooper. He loves her and is the father of her children, and by her own admission is such a wonderful man who would never hurt her and would do anything for her. Despite this, she proceeds to do everything in her power to wreck the relationship and destroy the person that Cooper is through her selfish actions and dishonesty and desire to “ have it all”. To be blunt, you lose count of the lies she tells her husband, her double standard, her games, the number of times she could have stopped it, her quitting on her marriage to focus on her fantasy, and it's almost painful to watch what she does to turn her husband into somebody he has not. And the ending of the show simply was too much. It's enough to make any person wonder about this generation and what they considered to be entitled to. Billie is NO hero. Not an icon for anything. It’s not about a woman choosing “the right guy” or “having it all”. It’s about a married woman who had a wonderful thing, great life and deciding she was entitled to “it all (the money, security and the affair, great sex, danger)” because she was having a series of bad days. And who cares if you burn down the world around you? Sorry but I wonder will they show her in season two, four years down the road when Cooper has left her, Brad, having “won”, quickly decides he neither wants or can’t handle being a Dad and being a domesticated guy? That’s what usually happened in real life. Will they show Billie in a run down NYC apartment trying to get by as a Prof and single mother of two kids who despise her? That’s reality.

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