Suburgatory

2011 TV-PG 1 season

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Suburgatory

2011 TV-PG 1 season
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Newly divorced Manhattanite George Altman and his 16-year-old daughter move from the city to a bucolic suburb. But something about the Altmans' new neighborhood doesn't seem quite right, and they soon discover that it's a little &NFi;too&NFi_; perfect.
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Summary of Season 1 (2011) - 3 discs

When single dad George finds a packet of condoms in his teen daughter Tessa's bedroom, he decides it's time to get out of New York City and into the suburbs -- a prospect that sickens Tessa and requires plenty of getting used to in this droll series.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
  • Jeremy Sisto
  • Jane Levy
  • Rex Lee
  • Carly Chaikin
  • Allie Grant
  • Alan Tudyk
  • Cheryl Hines
  • Ana Gasteyer
  • Chris Parnell
  • Maestro Harrell
  • Parker Young
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Reviews

age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this fish-out-of-water comedy centers on a self-assured teen who's insightful, outspoken, and willing to stand up to peer pressure for her personal beliefs. Even better, these positive qualities are a direct result of the values instilled in her by her dad, whose devotion to his daughter makes him a model (but certainly not perfect) single parent. That said, the show falls back on stereotypes of suburbanites, socialites, and homosexuals for plenty of laughs, and there's a lot of sexual content that's definitely not appropriate for tweens (marital infidelity, teens talking about having sex, condoms). Language is also a concern ("bitch," "damn," "hell," and the like), as are exchanges between teens that make light of peer pressure and social bullying. If your teen is ready for this kind of content, though, this very funny series raises some discussion points for families and offers sweet moments that underscore themes like tolerance and respect for diversity.

Sexual Content

Mostly inferences and innuendo, including mention of teens' sexual activity, adult infidelity, "screwing," homosexuality, "vagitarian," "nympho," and paraphernalia like "rubbers" or condoms. Teen girls dress provocatively in revealing tops and short skirts, and in some cases, their moms encourage them to sex up their outfits to appeal to guys. Heavy flirting is common by both adults and teens, and some couples do engage in make-out sessions.

Violence

Not applicable

Language

Occasional use of words like "damn," "bitch," and "hell."

Social Behavior

Family dynamics, friendship, and social pressure to conform are explored, resulting in positive messages about individuality and self-esteem. While mean-girl attitudes and bullying are common among teens -- and most of the supporting characters (especially the women) are stereotyped as divas, mom types, and geeks -- the cast's lack of diversity is intentional, meant to take a jab at the "white-washed" nature of suburban life.

Consumerism

Red Bull is the drink of choice for many of the characters, and the dialogue often draws attention to its prevalence in a way that pokes fun at their "addiction."

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some exchanges include references to smoking pot. Drinking in all forms (mixed concoctions, champagne, beer, wine) is common among adults.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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