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What I Like About You

Unremarkable sitcom may to appeal to tweens.
  • Network: WB
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though sisters Val and Holly get themselves into tight situations, actions have consequences. Interpersonal relationships are the highest priority.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some mild sexual humor and references to Holly's virginity.

Language

An occasional "hell" or "SOB".

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Adult sister Val gets married during a drunken night in Atlantic City.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that by and large, this show is a cute, unremarkable sitcom that is likely to appeal to tweens, especially girls. Some objectionable situations come up, in particular Val's affair with her former boss. In a drunken impetuous trip to Atlantic City, they get married. The consequences of their actions are yet to be determined. In addition, Holly and Vince consider having sex. And despite the loveable natures of the characters, females on the show are portrayed as ditzy and boy-crazy.

What's the story?

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU revolves around the lives of the Tyler sisters -- cute, somewhat ditzy and mischief-prone teenager Holly (former Nickelodeon phenom Amanda Bynes), and older, more fastidious bakery owner Val (Jennie Garth). Holly moves in with Val after their parents move to Japan, turning Val's life upside-down. In the vein of Laverne and Shirley, I Love Lucy, and Friends, What I Like About You relies on physical comedy and oddball situations. Boy troubles and misunderstandings figure prominently as well. The driving force in the show, though, is the loving relationship between the sisters.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Take a kooky teenage sister, send her to live with her older sister in New York City, throw in a couple more frivolous girlfriends, some romantic mishaps, some slapstick and physical comedy, and what you get is a cute, though unremarkable sitcom that tween girls will love and their parents will...well, not love, but may tolerate.

Kicking off its fourth season, What I Like About You throws new relationships into the mix. After three seasons, Holly finally gets together with her friend Vince and older sister Val must deal with the consequences of her drunken quickie wedding to former-boss-turned-fireman Vic. Later this season, Val's quirky friend Lauren will get a love interest, and Holly's friends Tina and Gary will become interested in each other. More comedic mix-ups and goofball antics are sure to follow.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the stereotypical depiction of the female characters. Is this the norm for sitcoms? Also, Val's relationship with Vic might prove to be a good jumping off point for a discussion about the potential consequences of getting married so quickly. Even if Val does eventually fall in love with Vic, was marrying him a wise thing for her to do? Since the show caters primarily to tween girls, families may want to relate this plot-point to Britney Spears's impromptu wedding in Las Vegas.

TV details

Premiere date:September 20, 2002
Cast:Amanda Bynes, Jennie Garth
Network:WB
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 13 years old Written bygreenactress July 9, 2009

Relax!

oh my god i LOVE this show, it's like my favorite show now, too bad they don't make any new episodes! It's not bad at all, a few references to sexual things, but it's brief and vauge, there are kisses every once and awhile but otherwise all this show is entertaining and clean. No parent should be worried.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 12 year old Written byBark335 May 19, 2010

Explicit on Sex

Sat down with my 12 year old to watch episode - older sister was doing a cheer routine about not wearing panties. reference later to sex with a hung over cheerleader. Hmm.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 10 years old May 31, 2011

hi

well... it depends on the kid.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing