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Young & Hungry

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Predictable sitcom relies on sexual humor for laughs.

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
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. 

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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

Premiere date:June 25, 2014
Cast:Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski, Kym Whitley, Rex Lee
Network:Freeform
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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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, this show reminds me of "Three's Company" from the 1980s in that nearly every joke is a sexual one. Who this one slept with, we're spending the night together, etc. It's lazy scriptwriting. I'm not saying it's a bad show for that reason. There are lots of shows like this one. The problem for me is that it is on ABC Family, which in my opinion is confused in its programming. It claims to be a family channel, but shows programs like this one where a woman drops her towel to show her naked body to a man. That's not ok. ABC Family is a network that's something of a natural progression for kids who watch Disney Channel and want to watch movies on the network. While they're watching a movie on ABC Family, they are shown commercials for programs like "Young and Hungry" with a view of a woman's naked backside. This program is simply not appropriate for this demographic and I think it's very irresponsible of ABC to have it on this network. It's more of a program for ABC to show on a Friday night at 9 or 9:30, if at all.
What other families should know
Too much sex
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.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent 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 several instances of profanity. The show doesn't seem to teach anything good in my opinion, would recommend you not pollute your children's minds with it.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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