Spoiler-Free Review of “The Sex Lives of College Girls” on HBO Max: Coming-of-Age Gem

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“You’re gonna love it here…”

The Sex Lives of College Girls premiered on November 18th 2021 on HBO Max. The comedy series (brought to us from Mindy Kaling) stars Pauline Chalamet, Alyah Chanelle Scott, Reneé Rapp, Amrit Kaur and Gavin Leatherwood. There will be ten episodes in total. The first two are available to stream now and the remaining will air weekly. Each episode runs for approximately 35-45 minutes.

Four new college roommates bond over love, change, and everything in-between as they try to figure out who they are and who they want to be.

Here is the trailer:

The Sex Lives of College Girls is witty and charming with surprisingly not that much sex mixed in, making it a fun coming-of-age story to indulge in. Is it worthy of your next binge-watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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The college setting works!

I’ve seen so many shows like this before featuring high-school aged characters so it was really refreshing to have another college show out there. The show really explores a lot of the fear and excitement embedded into starting life at college without making it too cheesy.

The sarcastic humor really adds a lot to the show.

I don’t usually laugh at shows like this, but this show really had a great dry humor sprinkled in. It’s clearly a Mindy Kaling show and it almost gave off an unrated Mean Girls vibe which I really enjoyed.

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Relatable characters.

The characters could have easily fit into tropes and it may appear that way on the outside, but we are really starting to dig in to what makes these ladies tick and through their flaws and strengths, they actually seem like real people, which is difficult to portray in shows like these sometimes.

I really like all of the characters and I’m excited to see them grow more throughout the show.

The Cons:

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The title is sort of misleading…

I almost passed on this show because I thought I was going to get a Sex and the City rip-off but the show has a lot of good messages in it and doesn’t focus on sex that much. I think this show should have been called something else because it may lose out on an audience that might really enjoy this show.

It’s catchy and all and grabs your attention so I understand the point,  but I think there is a lot more going for this show and it deserves some attention.

Explores a lot of themes I’ve seen before.

A lot of the plots and dilemmas are very familiar. The show isn’t exploring anything that new or different, but it still is a fun watch so far so I’m not too disappointed here. However, I would like to see the series branch out a little bit more but I think we will get there with the next episodes.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this series. It’s well written, funny, and a blast to watch!

If you’re looking to take a break from some of the fantasy or action series, this is a nice change of pace!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Sex Lives of College Girls in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” season 13 episode 1 Season Premiere: “The Gang Makes Paddy’s Great Again”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  The wait is finally over and it’s time to laugh out loud with Charlie, Mac, Dee, Frank, and Cindy?  More to come on that!  After watching the FXX network’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 13 episode 1 last night, I was introduced to a new Patty’s Pub that I was not familiar with.  Everything seemed to be somewhat normal until I realized that someone was missing.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Gang Makes Paddy’s Great Again,” the gang is working with Cindy, played by Mindy Kaling, to change the image and perception of their bar to attract more customers.  Meanwhile, Mac has put his best effort forward to change his body image again and surprises the gang with an eerie new toy that has something oddly familiar about it.  My top 5 moments from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 13 episode 1 are:

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“The unveiling of what?”

As the gang decides to come up with a plan to help improve Paddy’s image, Mac is convinced that he has the solution right in front of them…or right under his duster.  Mac shows off his new and extremely muscular physique, suggesting that this could be a key component to the plan.  The gang is hilariously underwhelmed by this, explaining that “he’s fat, he’s skinny, he’s muscular.”  They write it off as a cry for attention, trying to move forward with the task at hand, but Mac continues to try and work his new physique into the plan for the rest of the episode.

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“Is that a sex doll?”

Mac is beyond excited to show the gang what he bought and at this point, I was more focused on the fact that Glenn Howerton’s name was left off the main credits.  While I was confused at Dennis’s absence initially, I was in for a shocking surprise when Mac revealed a sex doll with a striking image to Dennis.  The gang is initially appalled by this, realizing that Mac is probably banging it the moment they leave the room.  While Mac tries to convince them that his Dennis doll is there for “companionship,” his friends are not believing this for one second.

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“The doll talks to you now…”

As if the sex doll wasn’t creepy enough, Mac begins to talk to it, as if he could hear Dennis speaking to him.  While the gang initially thinks this is crazy, Charlie and Frank begin to hear it too and even Dee says, “It called me a bird.”  Later in the episode, the gang tries to carry out Cindy’s plan to improve Paddy’s pub and everything initially seems to be going well until they continue to hear Dennis’s voice, judging them and making them feel inferior.

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“You want me to talk to the doll?”

During the episode, the waitress continues to call Charlie over and over again and he is getting annoyed by her neediness, which is hilarious on its own.  Charlie realizes that the perfect solution is right in front of him and brings over the Dennis doll to keep the waitress company.  As soon as she begins complaining about something, he cuts her off and reminds her “that’s what the doll is for.”  Later in the episode, Charlie walks in on the waitress in bed with the Dennis doll and he is shocked.  While the waitress tries to explain that’s what it’s made for, Charlie tells her that she is cheating.  The waitress breaks up with Charlie and Charlie begins hilariously punching the Dennis doll in the face because “Dennis is a bastard man” of course.

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“You can go now.”

At the end of the episode, the real Dennis is back, sitting right next to the Dennis doll at Paddy’s Pub.  Hooray!  The gang is beyond excited to see him, but Cindy explains that he is not needed anymore.  Unfortunately for Cindy, the gang votes her out, ready to accept Dennis back into their lives.  Dennis’s harsh judgment returns too, as he tells Dee to “shut up bird” and informs Mac that he is looking fat, but we are sure happy to have him back.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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