Young & Hungry

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Predictable sitcom relies on sexual humor for laughs.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

The show's two main characters are young adults hungry for something: For Gabi, it's a big break for her career; for Josh, it's a lasting love. Each has something to offer the other, even if it takes them a while to see it, but both must overcome plenty of obstacles on their way to what they want. Some irreverent comedy makes light of serious issues such as suicide.

Positive role models & representations

Josh is a self-made millionaire who wants something more than money to make him happy. His neediness leaves him vulnerable to a demanding, self-absorbed girlfriend, whom he strives to make happy. Gabi's positive outlook helps her rise above difficult circumstances and win over those around her. Supporting characters are a mixed bag: Dome are supportive and nurturing; at least one plays saboteur to well-meaning efforts to succeed. 

Violence
Sex

Lots of innuendo in phrases such as, "Once you go black, you never go back," and sounds that hint at bedroom noises (Gabi tells Josh that her food will elicit a "Yes, yes, YES!" response from his girlfriend, for instance). Couples are shown kissing and snuggling in bed, and there's ongoing sexual tension between Gabi and Josh after a one-night stand. References to boobs, and at least one to a Pap smear.

Language

Occasionally "damn" and "dammit" and rudeness such as "bite me." 

Consumerism

Cultural references to The Hunger Games, Google, and the like. 

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Adults often drink wine or champagne. In one case, their overindulgence leads to an awkward encounter between Gabi and her new boss. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Young & Hungry relies on sexual humor and tension for both drama and laughs. You'll see some foreplay (kissing, snuggling, a woman bites her partner's ear) in bed and a couple looking spent the next morning. Double entendres ("Once you go black, you never go back," for instance) and other wink-wink moments are common. A one-night stand between an employee and her boss sets the plot for the whole show, as the two wrestle with their attractions to each other while one of the parties carries on a relationship with his longtime girlfriend. A male character's sexuality is frequented for laughs, mostly when he makes longing comments about another man's physique. On the upside, Gabi's determination and positive attitude go a long way in helping her achieve her career goals.

User Reviews

Adult Written byMama Bear March 30, 2015

Doesn't belong on ABC "Family"

"Young and Hungry" is basically an adult version of a show you'd see on the Disney Channel. Overacted with a DisneyChannel-esque laugh track, th... Continue reading
Adult Written byBillB 1 December 21, 2015

Two thumbs down

I watched an episode of this show to give it a fair shake. In that one episode I saw fat jokes, stereotyped homosexuals, grand theft made into a joke, and sever... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bykbot89 July 29, 2014
I am 13, and I watch this show. It is funny, but uses sexual humor. If parents are worried, watch it first and see if it's okay for your child.
Teen, 15 years old Written byLivin4Skating July 24, 2015

It's okay, but not the best.

This show is just an adult version of a show on the Disney Channel (just like the reviews down below). The show isn't even that funny, it's very disap... Continue reading

What's the story?

YOUNG & HUNGRY follows the unlikely pairing of wealthy tech guru Josh (Jonathan Sadowski) and Gabi (Emily Osment), a spirited food blogger he hires as his personal chef. Although she quickly wins over her easygoing boss, Gabi meets more resistance in his aide, Eliot (Rex Lee), who had hoped for someone more experienced and, well, masculine around the house. But when Josh's ill-fated romantic evening with his girlfriend leads to a compromising encounter with Gabi, things really start to heat up between them.

Is it any good?

Young & Hungry is a mildly entertaining sitcom whose overly simplistic plot threatens its success. Gabi and Josh's relationship starts out with the fireworks of a one-night stand, but when his ex-girlfriend reenters the picture, he willingly returns to being at her beck and call. Meanwhile, Gabi sticks around (why sacrifice your dream job because of sexual tension, after all?), leading to mixed emotions and some longing glances between the two.

What the show isn't lacking are laughs, mostly thanks to a quality cast and colorful characters all around. Osment's vivaciousness is a great counter to Lee's biting sarcasm, setting up some decent verbal sparring between the two. But the big question is whether this mostly predictable story of two mismatched ships in the night is scintillating enough to keep viewers coming back for more.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether this workplace scenario seems plausible in the real world. How do personal relationships complicate working ones? What ethical and legal concerns are there to consider as well? 

  • What do your teens make of this show's sexual humor? Do set-ups such as this one send questionable messages about sexuality? How do they compare to your family's values on the issue?  

  • How does society measure success? Is your teen's definition different? What life goals does your teen have? 

TV details

For kids who love comedy

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