A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Friendship (particularly male friendship) is a major theme, along with diversity. But both racism and sex are constant sources of "comedy" that often misfire.
Positive Role Models
The show focuses more on male friendship, but female characters are strong and about as well-developed as their male counterparts, and both couples model good communication. That said, nobody stands out as a positive role model, although when characters make mistakes (and they often do), they pay the price in some way at the end of each episode.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual innuendo and suggestive subplots (the guys attend an adult film awards ceremony, for example).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Truth Be Told centers on the lives of two racially diverse couples -- one newly married and childless, the other married for five years with a 4-year-old -- who make recurring jokes that rely on stereotypes to make light of racism. There's no nudity and hardly any kissing, but a lot of the story lines are sexual in nature (the guys go to the Adult Film Awards and lie to their wives about it, the guys suspect their new babysitter is a porn star, and the like), so you'll hear adult-flavored innuendo along with body-part slang such as "booty." There's also some social drinking.
Is It Any Good?
TRUTH BE TOLD isn't funny, but that's only a part of the problem. Its worst sin is that it's so desperately dated, thanks to stereotype-driven jokes about race that feel at least 20 years old. From wondering aloud whether an orthodox Jewish family's name is Goldstein or Goldman or Goldfein to assuming that the Asian employee at a Chinese restaurant is using a fake accent to add authenticity to the food, the show tries to make light of racism but only succeeds at heavy-handed comedy.
What's odd is that the show claims to be based on the real-life experiences of its creator DJ Nash, which implies it's at least loosely rooted in reality. But the things these characters say feel so fictional and far removed from the way we talk about race in 2015 that it's hard to believe there's much truth to it.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.