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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
College students hook up frequently for casual sexual encounters; undergraduates have relationships with married professors; students mock a character who survived a suicide attempt. On the plus side, the cast is fairly diverse, and lessons are learned after some relationships gone wrong.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The main characters all take a sexual behavior seminar in which they delve into their own sexual histories in detail (for homework, they record racy video diary confessionals). Since this is basically a soap opera, sex plays a starring role in the characters' interactions outside of class, too.
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Fairly tame ("hell," "ass," "son of a bitch").
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social and underage drinking (typical for the college setting); one character is a recovering alcoholic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while this steamy, teen-targeted series takes place on a college campus, it's a lot more soap opera than study hall. Both in and out of the central sexual behavior seminar, titillating topics and behavior are the norm: students record voyeuristic videos, a married professor has an affair with multiple female students, a predatory sophomore makes a naïve freshman her conquest. Additionally, one character has returned to campus after a suicide attempt.
Is It Any Good?
Viewers looking for intelligent programming will be sorely disappointed. That's because The Bedford Diaries is like Felicity on a steroid/Viagra cocktail. The ivy-decked buildings and snow-covered walkways are the only things that resemble a typical college campus. Instead of studying, students are thinking about sex, having sex, or discussing sex. Instead of focusing on choosing a major, the students are choosing their next bed partner.
Indeed, the show is so racy that The WB voluntarily deleted two controversial scenes from the pilot in the hopes of avoiding an FCC fine (the uncut version is available on The WB's Web site). Likewise, parents who allow their teens to watch should do so with caution.
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