You're the Worst

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Boundary-pushing graphic sex and language in funny series.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The main couple in the show gets together by having casual sex.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The show's main characters are self-destructive and make many poor choices in their careers and personal lives, but at least they (mostly) mean well.


Men scuffle when one is ejected from an event after causing a scene.


Almost shockingly graphic, but avoids showing key body parts. Characters are shown having sex with nude bodies and very realistic thrusting. No body parts are shown, but characters are clearly in bed having intercourse and oral sex, sometimes graphically describing what's going on or rating performance. There also are sexual jokes, such as a reference to a "booty text," and consequence-free casual sex.


Cursing is frequent but often takes the form of jocular British-style "taking the piss": "I refuse to drive in this sterile suburban piece-of-s--t car" or "You're a goddamned loony."


Real celebrities and brands are mentioned, as are Vera Wang, Fraggle Rock, and Lord Voldemort.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One character smokes often on-screen. There are jokes about and references to addiction and drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Characters guzzle drinks and make poor choices. One character cannot drive because of a DUI.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that You're the Worst is a high-brow sitcom about two flawed people who begin an unconventional romance. The show is funny and charming but also contains lots of material that may give parents pause. The graphic sex, with nudity (no private parts are shown), thrusting, moaning, very frank descriptions of performance and sensations, and imagery of oral sex are about as realistic as you can find on basic cable. Two characters begin a romance by having a one-night stand, about which they have no qualms. Another character initiates sex with an old flame as a means of securing drugs for a professional client. Characters make jokes and references to drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and prescription medications. They also guzzle liquor and beer and use the booze to justify their poor choices and lower inhibitions. Cursing is frequent and often insulting in a jocular way, such as when one character calls another's car a "sterile suburban piece of s--t." One character smokes cigarettes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydfilmpro December 18, 2020

Trash. Graphic sex (made for TV) in first 5 mins. So funny.

Lame to use raw porn style content to push comedy and television censor rules. If this were Showtime it would be expected, but FX. too bad. For commonsensemed... Continue reading
Adult Written byAnonymous1 October 18, 2015

Why? 18 and don't know.

To be quite frank although everybody likes a good romcom which I can't even say this is a show like this is basically a waste of money and time even if one... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byzoiewarrior December 16, 2015


In the first episode of this show, it has some very questionable storylines. For example, the two main characters smoke together and then have sex. There is no... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byVirginia D. August 12, 2014

Very Charming, Very Funny, Yet Totally Void of Any Positive Messages or Role Models

You're the Worst is the newest comedy show on FX. The two leads are both pessimistic and mean, but they're also charming and hard to not fall in love... Continue reading

What's the story?

In FX's wry, rude comedy YOU'RE THE WORST, Jimmy Shive-Overly (Chris Geere) isn't exactly a nice guy. The disaffected expatriate Englishman relocated to Los Angeles to chase dreams of fame; instead, he's getting $17 royalty checks for the only book he ever sold. For her part, Gretchen Cutler (Aya Cash) divides her time between babying unreasonable music stars as publicist for a major record label, having destructive romances, and begging acquaintances to drive her around town since her license was yanked after a DUI. The two of them are a mess. But, after they meet coincidentally at a wedding and decide to go home together for a one-night stand, they discover they have more chemistry, and more in common, than they bargained for.

Is it any good?

The idea of a couple getting together for casual sex and then sticking around for more is hardly a new one, so don't give You're the Worst a try merely for its opening gambit. Instead, watch the show for its very funny writing, courtesy of Weeds and Orange Is the New Black scribe Stephen Falk (on board here as show runner) and for the crackling chemistry between its two leads. As usual, material that could be schlock is lots of fun in the hands of good writers, actors, and directors.

It sounds like sitcommery to have Gretchen steal Jimmy's car in the pilot episode or to have a plot point center on the morality of actually spitting upon another's genitals mid-oral sex. OK, maybe that last one never came up on Friends. Regardless, everything comes together winningly, making You're the Worst a sure bet for adults who enjoy mature laughs with a dollop of hot sex. For teens, this is pretty mature stuff -- save it for the oldest and most sophisticated members of the family.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way that the main characters get together. Do most relationships start with sex? Why, or why not?

  • There's a saying that, when characters in a film or TV show "meet cute," they get together by the end of a drama; when they "meet antagonistic" they get together at the middle or beginning. Which meeting style did Jimmy and Gretchen have? When did they get together?

  • On television, people generally get together despite something that stands in their way. What stands in the way of Jimmy and Gretchen's romance? Why are complicated romances more common on TV than simple ones?

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