Twins

TV review by
Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media
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Bland comedy pits beauty vs. brains; OK for teens.

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Positive Messages

Stereotypical dumb blondes; smart girl is considered unable to attract men.

Violence
Sex

Sexual innuendo; the main characters run a lingerie company; scantily clad women; sex in the office (off-screen).

Language

Son of a bitch, bitch, ass; sexually charged dialogue, such as "I've got to go grind on that hottie."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking at bars.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the show is chock-full of sexual innuendos and mature content. The main characters own and operate a lingerie company, and episodes have included off-camera sex in the office, scantily clad women, random hook-ups, adultery, and sexually suggestive dialogue. Two main characters are blatant stereotypes of beauty and brains.

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What's the story?

TWINS pits polar-opposite twin sisters Mitchee (Sara Gilbert) and Farrah (Molly Stanton) against each other as they struggle to run the family business -- lingerie company Arnold Undergarments -- after their parents, sensible Alan (Mark Linn-Baker) and aging \"dumb blonde\" Lee (Melanie Griffith), settle into early retirement. As co-presidents, career-minded Mitchee and lingerie model Farrah must find a way to use their brains and beauty, respectively, to keep the company at the top of its game.

Is it any good?

The stereotypes foisted upon the sisters, who are in their 20s, are over the top and referenced in almost every episode. There are very cliched moments when Farrah -- the "dumb" blonde -- realizes that she's smart after all, only to redeem her airhead ways with a less-than-original quip and giggle. Mitchee, on the other hand, is desperate to be noticed for something other than her brains and typically sees her sister's perfection as her own flaw.

With its stock characters, weak humor, and suggestive dialogue, Twins is far from innovative. Because of the lingerie company setting and the girls' 20-something age, sexual themes are plentiful. Bottom line: The content is formulaic for adults, and the show isn't appropriate for young kids or tweens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the stereotypes the show perpetuates. Why are blondes considered pretty and dumb, while brunettes are portrayed as smart but unattractive? Do your kids know any twins that are complete oppposites? What do you think being a twin would be like?

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