A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The girls fight sexual assault and seek justice using violence, which some might see as justifiable. Their friendship is also explored.
Positive Role Models
Jules and Ophelia are flawed but empowered.
Violence & Scariness
Sexual assault is the main theme of the series; there are rape scenes, and sexual violence is portrayed. Beatings, stabbings, blood sometimes visible. Someone is killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexuality is discussed often, including rape and other sexual assault; characters appear in underwear.
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"Bitch," "ass"," "s--t," "f--k" bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking; pot smoking, dealing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sweet/Vicious is a teen-oriented dramedy that deals with vigilante justice as a response to sexual assault on college campuses. While the show can be very funny, it's serious about rape being treated as a crime, and its two main characters use violent retribution to fight back for victims. It contains a sexual assault scene (offered in context), and beatings, stabbings, and fighting are frequent. There's also extensive discussion of sexuality and assault and some bad language ("bitch," "s--t," and "f--k" are bleeped). Drinking and pot dealing (and smoking) are common. It's better suited for older teens, but some parents may want to watch along with their teens as a way to open up conversations about some of these complex issues.
Is It Any Good?
It's hard to imagine using comedy to address campus rape, but this teen-oriented, edgy, and offbeat series manages to do it successfully. The flawed, woefully mismatched duo is amusing, as are some of the campier qualities of the overall show. But it isn't completely silly, and throughout it all Jules and Ophelia represent themselves as empowered women who choose to seek justice for those who can't get it from law enforcement or who are too afraid to speak out.
The series tells an entertaining story, and there is no doubt that this duo will have its fair share of fans. But this doesn't overshadow the fact that it centers on sexual assault, and it underscores the fact that women are frequently raped at colleges and universities across the country. Some folks will find the premise disturbing, but Sweet/Vicious can be used as an unconventional vehicle from which to begin conversations about sexual assault.
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