There are elements of strong family bonds and positive friendships in the show, but viewers will also see less savory behavior like larceny, emotional manipulation, and peer pressure. A family copes with the loss of a mother (which happens before the show starts), and a teen's rebellion is a recurring storyline. Carrie's coming of age isn't without its pitfalls, but she's driven by a desire to make something of herself.
Teens talk about having sex, desiring sex, and the emotional fallout from physical relationships that go bad. Euphemisms replace anatomical terms ("It was like putting a hot dog in a keyhole," one teen says), but the meaning is clear. Some kissing (between both opposite- and same-sex couples), and a recurring teen character wrestles with his sexual identity. A teen cheats on her boyfriend with an adult police officer.
"Bitchy," "hell," "screw you," and "pissed," as well as slang body references like "boobs."
The show is inspired by a book series and is a prequel to Sex and the City.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Underage drinking is shown and referenced and in some cases results in drunkenness and impaired moral judgment. Teens are shown sharing what's implied is a drug of some kind, and a teen finds pot in her sister's drawer.