A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this comedy series features strong positive messages about having self confidence, a positive body image, and working hard for your goals. Champagne bottles are sometimes visible, and a few strong words ("damn," "crap") are sometimes heard. Expect some mild sexual quips about breasts, body shape, and messing around. Subtle stereotypical characterizations of actresses and other groups are sometimes part of the humor.
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What's the story?
STATE OF GEORGIA is a comedy series starring Raven Symone as Georgia Chamberlain, a recent college graduate/aspiring actress who left the Peach State to take New York City by storm. The self-confident Southern belle soon finds that going out on auditions and facing rejection is tough, but luckily she has her geeky best friend, Jo (Majandra Delfino), by her side to keep her going. Her colorful Aunt Honey (Loretta Devine) is also there to hand out some good advice. Armed with good friends, drive, and talent, Georgia keeps looking for her big break in hopes of someday seeing her name in lights.
Is it any good?
This lighthearted series features a strong young woman who refuses to allow stereotypical ideas about size and race to define her aspirations or who she is. It also underscores the importance of having a support system when moving to a new place and/or starting a new phase of life.
Some of the show's jokes are a little stereotypical, and the sexual innuendo -- most of which is more comical than suggestive -- makes it a little strong for tweens. But overall the show offers some fun, positive entertainment for kids who have the maturity to handle it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Georgia's self-confidence. What does she think about the fact that she's curvier than the average actress? Does she struggle with body image issues? What are some of the other pressures she faces as an aspiring actress?
Do Raven Symone's real-life exploits (and weight loss) impact teens' impression of the show? Teens: Does the actress' weight loss contradict the show's positive body image messages?