Whitney

TV review by
Matt Springer, Common Sense Media
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Occasionally astute comedy has heavy sexual tone.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

While the show gets a lot of comedic mileage out of mocking modern relationships, it also sends a strong positive message about the value of long-term relationships and the hard work involved in maintaining them over years, whatever form they may take.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The two lead characters offer a good example of a mostly positive romantic relationship that has lasted a long time. The supporting characters provide less positive examples and are set up to represent various modern stereotypes of how relationships can go wrong.

Violence
Sex

Most of the show's jokes touch on sex in some fashion, such as the frequency of sexual contact between a longtime couple. Character relationships are also defined solely by their romantic or sexual connections -- one friend is dating a younger man, another is constantly chasing one-night stands. The main characters aren't married but live together.

Language

Frequent use of words including "damn" and "balls." Interactions between characters frequently focus on somewhat derogatory one-liners and mockery.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink socially and frequently make alcohol-related jokes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sitcom focuses on relationships and features a great deal of sex-related comedy and activity, including occasional heavy kissing that's suggested to be a prelude to intercourse. Overall the series' main characters (who live together but aren't married) provide a positive example of male/female relationships, although supporting characters illustrate some common negative stereotypes about how men and women relate to one another.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybig jess crush October 20, 2011

why

i only watched part of this show one time and i sure did not like what i saw and what i heard from this promgam i mean a sex shop my god
Adult Written bythaibonnie December 2, 2011

whitney needs to class herself up

this show is just kind of gross and immature.....
Kid, 8 years old September 30, 2011

Pooey show

There are really bad sex views, they showed a sex shop should be rated TV-MA S
Teen, 14 years old Written byZebraGal April 15, 2014

Harmless but funny

Yes they talk about sex but none is shown and it is not shown as a good thing and is constany talked about as a bad thing. Yes their is sexual jokes but most ki... Continue reading

What's the story?

WHITNEY stars comedienne/show creator Whitney Cummings as a woman in a long-term relationship with her boyfriend, Alex (Chris D'Elia). The two have been together so long that they've settled into a predictable pattern ... one that provides the series with much of its comedic fuel. Through Whitney, Alex, and a cast of supporting characters, the series attempts to offer a unique comedic perspective on modern relationships -- and how the best path forward may not be the most traditional approach.

Is it any good?

Created, executive produced, and starring comedienne Cummings, Whitney is almost a relic of a bygone age. A three-camera comedy "filmed before a live studio audience" in an era when single-camera shows dominate the networks, Whitney distills the star's stand-up act and comedic vision into an ensemble sitcom that explores the fallacies of modern romantic relationships from a number of angles.

 

In a sense, the stereotypical sitcom demands of a laugh every 5 to 15 seconds work against the show's desire to provide a more incisive view of relationships. There's also a heavy emphasis on sexuality, which is appropriate for a show about adult romance but becomes an easy crutch on which the writing frequently leans for cheap jokes. In the moments where the writing is able to cut through the haze of laugh tracks and callbacks, the show has some entertaining insights on how to negotiate a long-term relationship.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the show deals with modern issues of sexuality. Is it a mature view of relationships? What kinds of stereotypes about relationships does the show challenge or reinforce?

  • How many other network shows are produced and written by women? Can you tell the difference between this show and others produced by men?

TV details

For kids who love comedy

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