A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Scottie is supported by friends and family who care about him. Tensions between African Americans and Caucasians and between educated and uneducated African Americans are highlighted but not really explored in depth. Tory refers to lighter-skinned students as having "Pilgrim blood." Stereotypical "yo momma" jokes are often heard, but they're intended to defuse existing stereotypes. Scottie attends church regularly; there are frequent references to Jesus and the Bible.
Violence & Scariness
Some occasional angry chases. Occasionally Scottie and others make references to killing people.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual innuendo, plus hugging, kissing, and subtle references to intercourse. Women are occasionally shown cheating on their boyfriends/husbands and sometimes wear skimpy bathing suits, tight tennis outfits, and other tight/scanty clothing.
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Frequent use of the word "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink beer and cocktails. References are made to smoking pot.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sitcom -- which follows young adults as they try to transition from college life to adulthood -- highlights aspects of the Southern African-American college scene, including drinking, smoking, and other mature behavior. The show's humor is driven by a variety of race-related issues and social commentary about the African-American community. Expect some iffy language ("ass" is used frequently), as well as some stereotyping, sexual innuendo, and occasional lighthearted discussions about violent acts.
Is It Any Good?
Somebodies attempts to reflect the real issues that college-educated African-American young adults face as they transition into the professional world. It also brings up existing racial tensions in America, as well various social issues currently impacting the African-American community -- like absent fathers and self-hatred. But these issues get lost in the show's thin story lines and often-weak humor, which includes the occasional "yo momma" joke (which are ostensibly intended to diffuse existing stereotypes). As a result, the series often comes across as more silly than thought provoking.
That said, the show does offer an image of African Americans that moves away from rapper, gangster, or athlete typecasts. And older teens might be drawn to a show about the Southern African-American college scene. But the show's iffy language, alcohol consumption, and references to drugs and violence make it inappropriate for younger viewers.
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