Series / Girl Code
A 2013 series of the increasingly inaccurately named MTV
. It discusses a deal of tips and tricks for the modern young woman in the city. It is a Distaff Counterpart
of Guy Code
on the same network. Each episode has the cast (composed primarily of female actors, musicians, and comedians, though there are several guys as well) discussing four topics (such as cheating
, pregnancy scares
, being farty
, and many other aspects of life). Between these segments are the occasional vignette showing comical encounters a girl might run into, and segments like "Is That Weird?" (where a member of the cast shares an anecdote or habit and asks if it's weird.
This work includes examples of the following tropes:
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Discussed very frequently.
- Adorkable: Esther Ku and Carly Aquilino qualify, both being a bit stilted in their speech but it makes them more endearing.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Discussed. Long story short, they decide that yeah, they do... even though it's a bad choice.
- All Men Are Perverts: A fairly significant amount of advice on the show boils down to "guys will bone you for anything."
- All Women Are Lustful: ... and on the flipside, well, a lot of the girls' comments boil down to "well we'd bone them back."
- All Women Love Shoes: The female cast talks about shoes frequently. The male cast comments on how they don't get how women can care that much.
- Distaff Counterpart: Of Guy Code. Girl Code is generally considered to be of higher quality and more respectable.
- Erotic Dream: Discussed, as a pitfall of the erotic dream is becoming attracted to someone for something they did in a dream. The inverse (being mad at someone for something they did in a dream) is also discussed.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Pretty much the entire cast is either this or full on The Lad-ette. Given most of the subject discussed involve, well, drinking and partying, it wouldn't be very useful to have a quiet teetotaller's advice.
- Important Haircut: Discussed, and recommended against. The cast basically says "after something big happens, stay the hell away from scissors."
- The Lad-ette: Many of the women in the talking heads segments. Some of them comment that they get along better with guys.
- Mad at a Dream: Discussed, where some of the cast mention that they've gotten angry at a friend for things they did in a dream. Of course, they also discuss the opposite, where they wind up attracted to a friend for their actions in a dream.
- Nice Guys Finish Last: Subverted in the "Bad Boys" segment. Even though they also freely admit that at this point in their lives, they do get the short end of the stick, the cast as a whole says that, in the grand scheme of things, nice guys usually wind up in a better place in life so girls should be pursuing them.
- Sassy Black Woman: Most of the black female cast, though Nicole Byer is the foremost example.
- Universal-Adaptor Cast: There's no continuity in the clips played out between talking heads segments, so the girls can play any role.
- Viewers Are Goldfish: Between the opening that shows clips from throughout the show, commercial breaks that show multiple talking heads before each break, and a recap at the end of each episode, about half of each episode is shown twice.
- Your Cheating Heart: Had its own segment, and frequently comes up in other segments. The general idea is it's an awful thing that no one should ever do... but everyone will eventually do it anyway.