Parents' Guide to

Silicon Valley

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Cheeky, crass tech comedy nails (male) geek culture.

TV HBO Comedy 2014
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 14+

This title has:

Great messages
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+

Incredible, hilarious show.

Hear me out: the only thing that makes this show inappropriate is the swearing. Many, many uses of fuck, shit, bitch, etc. in each episode. However, if a 13 year old can hear one f bomb in a pg13 movie what can a few more do? As long as they know not to use that language themself, let them watch. One warning is that in season 1, episode 6 a nude woman is briefly shown in a non sexual situation. You can skip it if you want but you might not even notice it and that’s the only nudity in all 6 seasons. No sex ever. This show is hilarious fun for 13 year olds and up.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (8):

Based on creator Mike Judge's own experiences working at a Silicon Valley startup, HBO's Silicon Valley has shades of Judge's cult classic Office Space (sans the TPS reports) and largely nails the eccentricities of Bay Area tech culture. But its central character is hardly the kind of hero you feel compelled to root for, leaving most of the show's appeal in the hands of its quirky ensemble, an array of socially awkward man-boys who share a house -- and have no idea what to do with a stripper.

Of course, that's not necessarily a criticism, but the series does take a while to get going, so it won't have instant appeal for every viewer. It's also full of crass humor -- and a disappointing lack of female role models -- making it an iffy choice for impressionable teens who might be attracted to the Valley's geeky charms.

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