Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which we live. Through reviews, articles and discussions, we want to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."


Family uses Plugged In as a ‘significant compass’

"I am at a loss for words to adequately express how much it means to my husband and me to know that there is an organization like Focus that is rooting for us. Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.' We have two teenagers and an 8-year-old in our household...Plugged In has become a significant compass for our family. All three of our kids are dedicated to their walk with Christ but they still encounter challenges. Thanks for all of your research and persistence in helping us navigate through stormy waters."

Plugged In helps college student stand-up for his belief

"Thanks for the great job you do in posting movie and television reviews online. I’m a college freshman and I recently had a confrontational disagreement with my English professor regarding an R-rated film. It is her favorite movie and she wanted to show it in class. I went to your Web site to research the film’s content. Although I had not seen the movie myself, I was able to make an educated argument against it based on the concerns you outlined. The prof said that she was impressed by my stand and decided to poll the whole class and give us a choice. We overwhelmingly voted to watch a G-rated movie instead! I’ve learned that I can trust your site and I will be using it a lot in the future.”

Plugged In brings ‘Sanity and Order’ to Non-believer

“Even though I don’t consider myself a Christian, I find your Plugged In Web site useful and thought-provoking. No one reviews movies like you do. Instead of being judgmental, you put entertainment ‘on trial.’ After presenting the evidence, you allow the jury of your readers to decide for themselves what they should do. In my opinion, you bring sanity and order to the wild world of modern day entertainment. Keep up the good work!”

Mom thinks Plugged In is the ‘BEST Christian media review site’

"Our family doesn't go to the movies until we go online and check out your assessment of a given film. I think this is the BEST Christian media review website that I've found, and I recommend it to my family and friends. Keep up the good work!"


Our hope is that whether you're a parent, youth leader or teen, the information and tools at Plugged In will help you and your family make appropriate media decisions. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends.

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

TV Series Review

There are times in life when mere words seem inadequate. When we're feeling truly amazing, the word amazing just doesn't cut it. To say you're depressed when you're actually depressed sells your emotions horribly short. No, when you're feeling particularly sad or particularly joyful or particularly, well, anything, a better form of communication is called for.

Like, say, a song.

Or so we gather from the CW's compelling-but-crude new comedy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It's a show in which every bad decision comes with a grand musical number, where the pitch may be perfect but the content leaves us feeling flat.

The Goose, the Gander and the Songs They Sing

At the risk of perpetuating cruel stereotypes, one would not expect Ivy League-educated lawyers to be the sort of people who'd break into a show tune at the first sight of burnt toast. But perhaps Rebecca Bunch never really had the soul of your average New York City real estate attorney. After a chance meeting with Josh Chan—a guy with whom she'd had a summer camp fling when she was 16—she decides to drop those Big Apple aspirations and move to West Covina, Calif., which is "two hours from the beach!" we often hear. "Four, with traffic." Because, of course, Josh lives there. Yes, what in real life would be cause for a restraining order becomes, on television, a jaunty musical comedy.

Not that that's a surprise. I mean, if Rebecca was making wise life choices, CW would have to shorten the title to, simply, "Ex-Girlfriend," which doesn't have quite the same sensationalist ring, now does it? Indeed, Rebecca's selfish, messed-up antics are what have made the show—at least early on—something of a critical darling.

"People are terrible," writes A.V. Club's Allison Shoemaker. "That’s not a new thing for TV, obviously, or for storytelling in general (Odysseus is the worst). Still, there’s something sort of refreshing when a show where people occasionally burst into song is so willing to let its characters—including the protagonist—be so awful."

But what's good for the story isn't always so good for the audience. While star Rachel Bloom is clearly a first-class talent, and while her show earns style points for its sheer musical audacity, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is soup-to-nuts problematic. (It didn't surprise me to learn it was originally developed for the premium cable channel Showtime.)

Should, by some miracle, Rebecca capture Josh's heart, she's not interested in just holding hands in the West Covina moonlight. "When in Rome," the old saying goes, and in this city littered with strip clubs and lascivious intentions, Rebecca aims to do as the West Covinans do. In fact, she'll get sexy with anybody—man or woman—if she thinks it'll somehow get her closer to Josh. (We've already seen her lock lips with his girlfriend and "get naughty" with other women during a song.) Language can be rough, too, and some of the jokes—the few that aren't overtly sexual in nature—can be crude and even a bit racist. It probably doesn't help that folks seem to drink quite a lot in West Covina.

When Music Doesn't Say It All

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend does seem to have a kernel of sanity at its core. But its big-production musical numbers are, in a way, gravely misleading: They give this show a sunnier and happier feel than it actually earns. So for families who think it'd be fun to take their own trip out to West Covina, well, my advice would be to do exactly what Rebecca didn't: Ask yourselves whether it might be a mistake.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements


Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles



Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - October 12, 2015 "Josh Just Happens to Live Here"



Readability Age Range



Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch; Vincent Rodriguez III as Josh Chan; Donna Lynne Champlin as Paula Proctor; Santino Fontana as Greg Serrano; Pete Gardner as Darryl Whitefeather






Record Label




On Video

Year Published



Paul Asay

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Get weekly e-news, Culture Clips & more!