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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sideswiped is series about a 30-something woman who enters the world of online dating. It addresses mature topics that range from physical aging to meeting men online as a slightly older person. There's lots of sexual innuendo and cursing, as well as some drinking. Various online dating sites are referenced, but Tinder is prominently featured. Franchises like Starbucks are also visible.
What's the story?
SIDESWIPED is a comedy series about a 30-something woman entering the world of online dating. Insurance agent Olivia Maple (Carly Craig) is a 35-year-old single workaholic who finds herself frustratingly alone. Her younger sister Jayne (Chelsea Frei) creates a Tinder account in hopes of motivating her to go out and meet eligible men, an idea that Mary, their lively mom (Rosanna Arquette), fully supports. After drunkenly connecting to men by swiping right on their profile, she discovers that she has 252 matches. In an attempt to restart her social life and find a man she can relate to, she decides that she will go on a date with every single one of them.
Is it any good?
This funny, women-centered series highlights the feelings many women have when they realize they're getting older but haven't reached expected milestones. While Olivia struggles with not being in a relationship, and with the idea of potentially not bearing children due to her age, her sister and mother struggle with the challenges that come with having a partner, including having a baby, infidelity, and trying find independence once married life is over.
These are all heavy topics, but Sideswiped approaches them with lots of (adult) humor. Meanwhile, despite the disagreements among the three women, they remain close and supportive of each other. Some may find the idea that one has to be in a relationship to be happy tiresome, but the positive relationship the women have with each other is satisfying to watch. No doubt that many women of various ages will appreciate some of the hilarious turmoil featured here, especially when it comes to online dating, negotiating relationships, and accepting aging.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the pressures women face to be in relationships, get married, and have children. Why do you think this is? Do you think these kinds of pressures will ever go away?
What makes it difficult for people to meet other people in social settings? Do online dating apps like Tinder and others really help people find mates?
What are some of the hazards associated with meeting people online? How does Sideswiped address this?
For kids who love dark comedy
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