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Young & Hungry
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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?