A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It highlights the day-to-day challenges people face when they are in recovery, and underscores the hope that the journey offers people. Facing the consequences of one's actions while under the influence, and challenging stigmas around sobriety are also central to the series. Themes also include addiction, family, friendship, and loss.
Positive Role Models
Samantha is smart, talented, and an alcoholic in recovery. Her mother loves and supports her, but also expects her, like other responsible adults in her life, to take responsibility for her actions and her life. There are many others supporting Samantha throughout the process in different ways.
Some of the main characters are Black, and there are secondary multiracial characters.There are also LGBTQ+ characters.
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Violence & Scariness
Some screaming, yelling, and intense arguments, and occasional alcohol-induced physical altercations that lead to people getting hurt. Drunk driving is visible and leads to a car accident. The death of a parent is adressed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters are in and seeking relationships. There are references to having sex and sexual acts.
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The word "s--t" is frequently used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcoholism is a major theme. People are shown drinking beer, wine, and shots, and drunken behavior is visible. Drugs like cocaine and marijuana are referenced, but not shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Single Drunk Female is a comedy series about an alcoholic woman in recovery. Drinking and drunken behavior is visible, and conversations about addiction and staying sober are consistent throughout the show. Thanks to the subject matter there are lots of mature themes, ranging from negotiating personal relationships and coping with loss, to having to make amends for prior actions. There are lots of sex jokes, and characters are in and seeking relationships. Swearing includes "s--t." All this being said, the series is upbeat and meaningful, and seeks to challenge the taboos surrounding sobriety, and can serve as a starting point for conversations with older teens about these topics.
Is It Any Good?
This surprisingly upbeat series takes a unique approach at chronicling a woman's efforts to remain sober with a smart sense of humor. Thanks to good writing and solid, nuanced characters, it offers an entertaining narrative that successfully balances the difficult and transformational process of recovery with comedy-infused tribulations and ironies of every day life. The result is a show that's both amusing and meaningful, and one that challenges the stigmas associated with sobriety in a society that glorifies alcohol. Viewers who have experience with addiction and recovery will find Single Drunk Female to be honest in its approach, while those who don't may find themselves thinking differently about what being in recovery really means.
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