Unhitched

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Farrellys' sexed-up sitcom is too mature for kids.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Sensitive topics like sexual harassment and rape are tapped as sources of humor (as when it's implied that a man is raped by a chimpanzee). The characters have sex with multiple partners, and at least one spends the evening with a female escort, who uses her sex appeal to tempt him to spend money on her.

Violence
Sex

Lots of innuendo (a woman mentions wanting a "stiff cocktail," for instance) and euphemisms for male genitalia. Plenty of kissing and some simulated sex, but nudity is limited to men's upper bodies. A fair amount of bed hopping as the main characters navigate the dating scene.

Language

Words like "hell," "damn," and "bitch" are used sporadically.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some characters smoke occasionally, and drinking is common, sometimes to the point of drunkenness.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sitcom about newly single adults was created by the Farrelly brothers -- the duo behind There's Something About Mary. Their typically raunchy content is toned down for TV, but it's still brimming with simulated sex and innuendo, as well as jokes based on mature topics like sexual harassment and rape. Also expect regular drinking, casual sex, strong language (like "damn" and "bitch"), and a generally exaggerated/unrealistic approach to what dating is really like.

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Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008

OK

This show is alright but definitely not the best on FOX
Teen, 14 years old Written bybshap April 9, 2008

What's the story?

Created by the Farrelly brothers -- best-known for raunchy big-screen comedies like There's Something About Mary, Shallow Hal, and Dumb & Dumber -- UNHITCHED centers on four newly single friends re-entering the uncertain waters of dating in their 30s. Through their comical encounters, they wrestle with their desires to be in a serious relationship and their concerns about ever meeting the right person.

Is it any good?

This amusing series lives up to the comic standards of its creators' previous hits while simultaneously toning down the over-the-top crassness the that may have bothered some viewers. Still, it's not a complete 180; the show has plenty of mature content, including simulated sex, regular drinking, and strong language.

Unhitched also gives an unrealistic impression of dating, often wildly exaggerating situations for humor's sake. All in all, the show is best suited for adults who can fully appreciate the comedy and relate to the characters' relationship woes. If your teens do tune in, remind them that the content is embellished for laughs and take the opportunity to discuss your family's rules on dating.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the media portrays relationships and dating. Teens: Did you find the characters' situations and relationships realistic? Why or why not? How do their experiences compare to yours? Why do you think dating situations are exaggerated on TV and in movies? What does a show like this say about how society views long-term relationships and marriage? Also, how is this show similar to and different from the Farrellys' big-screen comedies?

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