A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The point is made that in real life we can maintain genuine friendships, we can aspire for a life greater than the one we currently live, and we can work tremendously hard to make things happen for ourselves. That said, materialism and consumerism are a major theme.
Positive Role Models
Strong, independent characters. Positive depictions of male and female friendships and friends support one another but there is some pettiness and "mean girl" behavior. Loving relationships are portrayed but there's also questionable behavior when one character tries to make his love interest jealous with another girl. "Black excellence" is a concept that’s mentioned throughout.
The show as a whole challenges stereotypes and expands the definition of what it means to be young and Black, focusing on hard-working, ambitious business owners and entrepreneurs. Positive depictions of Black life and positive examples of healthy, functional, happy relationships between Black people -- life-long friendships and one couple that has been dating since high school. Dark skin, light skin, big booty, no booty, all are beautiful and represented here.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Having sex is referred to as "getting laid." No sex scenes but some skin -- low-cut attire and peek-a-boo bathing suits are the norm. There's flirting among friends and a male character spends the night with a female character.">
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Profanity used throughout, including "f--k," "s--t," "bitch", "p---y," "motherf--ker", and "a--hole." The show's soundtrack includes explicit lyrics.
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Products & Purchases
Materialism and consumerism are recurring themes. Luxury brand names are mentioned and displayed, including Maserati. Lots of self-promotion, as many within the friends group own their own clothing brands, logos are shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking, marijuana use, and lots of social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sweet Life: Long Angeles is a reality series that follows a close-knit group of friends in their mid-20s as they navigate friendships, love, and careers in the heart of South Los Angeles. In typical reality-TV style, the group has love triangles and friendship drama but also celebrates Black success and entrepreneurship. Reminiscent of BET's Baldwin Hills, this unscripted series also takes place in the neighborhood often described as the "Black Beverly Hills." Rated for mature audiences, obviously it's not intended for kids -- but it's still likely to be popular among older teens and young adults who may relate. Themes of loyalty, legacy, and love are addressed as the group of long-time friends navigates relatable and oftentimes chaotic moments at the "quarter-life" mark. The close-knit group is supportive of each other and doesn't shy away from difficult conversations but also exhibits occasional pettiness and "mean girl" behavior. Although there are no sex scenes, sexual tension is evident among some members of this friend group. Cleavage-revealing attire and peek-a-boo bathing suits are the norm and profanity is part of everyday conversations, including words like "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "p---y," "motherf--ker," and "a--hole" and having sex is referred to as "getting laid." Explicit song lyrics are also heard throughout and adult cast members are often seen smoking pot and drinking socially.
Is It Any Good?
Don't expect a soapy melodrama; instead this is an amusing unscripted reality drama that's much more relevant to today's generation. Sweet Life: Los Angeles gives viewers an unfiltered look into what it means to be young, Black, and in constant pursuit of one's dreams. But you'll have to watch well past the first couple of episodes to truly begin understanding the dynamic. Right off the bat, we're introduced to too many people at once -- seven main cast members, plus three boyfriends (and other friends) are all introduced in the first half hour. It can be hard to understand and keep up with all their primary conflicts and determine who the true friends and frenemies are. The real lives of movers and shakers in young, Black professional circles aren't shown enough in today's American television, and this reality show tries to fill that void. This series has the potential to distinguish itself from other reality shows as long as it succeeds in rounding out what we know about each of the cast members.
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