Work It

Common Sense Media says

Cross-dressing comedy has tons of stereotypes.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series arguably has some positive messages about female empowerment and understanding the world from a female point of view, but there's very frequent stereotyping of women, men, and Puerto Ricans.

Positive role models

Lee and Angel lie about who they are to get their jobs (and keep them), but it's to provide for themselves and their families.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Men are shown dressed as women; in the first episode, the need to hide their genitals is highlighted. One scene features a male character trying on bras. Some crude sexual comments (eg. "balls," "getting nailed") and references to female bodies in a sexualized way. Heavy flirting.

Language

Words like "bitch" and "ass" are audible.

Consumerism

Lots of references to the now-defunct Pontiac division of General Motors.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink (beer, wine, cocktails) at bars. A connection is made between Puerto Ricans and selling drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sitcom revolves around two men pretending to be women in order to work as pharmaceutical reps. While some of the show's messages reflect female empowerment, a lot of its humor is derived from stereotypes about women. There's also some strong language ("bitch," "ass"), crude references to genitals and sex, and lots of drinking (mostly beer).

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

WORK IT is a sitcom about two guys who must learn to survive the recession in a woman's world. Former Pontiac head salesman Lee Standish (Benjamin Koldyke) and head mechanic Angel Ortiz (Amaury Nolasco) spent a year unsuccessfully looking for work after the car company went under. When they learn that a pharmaceutical company has available jobs for female sales representatives, the two dress as women to land the positions. Working alongside gals like the naive Kristen (Kirsten Eggers), flirtatious Kelly (Kate Reinders), and suspicious Grace (Rebecca Mader) teaches them a lot about women, as well as how to be better men. But keeping their secret isn't easy, especially when Lee goes home every night to his wife (Hannah Sullivan) and daughter (Kacie Lynch) and Angel becomes smitten with his no-nonsense boss, Vanessa Warner (Rochelle Aytes).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The cross-dressing concept isn't new, but Work It puts an interesting spin on it by featuring today's women as more employable and economically stable than men. Ironically, it also attempts to generate laughs by featuring male characters behaving according to female stereotypes while they're in drag.

The show's one-liners (and their quick delivery) creates some funny moments. But for some viewers, it may feel like the story has been told before thanks to the popularity of TV classics like Bosom Buddies and films like Tootsie.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way women are portrayed on TV. What kind of messages does the media express about gender equality? Why do so many TV shows and films fall back on stereotypes when dealing with this issue?

  • Do you think stereotypes are appropriate if they're used to get laughs?

TV details

Cast:Amaury Nolasco, Benjamin Koldyke, Hannah Sullivan
Network:ABC
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written bydr dew January 3, 2012
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13
QUALITY
 

funny show bad content

well i just got through watching this show and me personaly i thought it was hilarious but i do however think it needs to be on at a later time due to adult content ps. one thing cms does not mention is there is so mutch talk about sex that it may be inapropriate for young kids and also if you have issues with men who dress up like women for humor stay away from this program but i thought it was very funny just a little dirty
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old February 23, 2012
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18
QUALITY
 

Stereotypical and sad

I've have never watched this show (and I really shouldn't be judging), but based on the commercials and the idea, it just is so crude and stereotypical.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old December 27, 2011
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

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What other families should know
Too much swearing

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