The internet is full of listicle articles detailing the 26 reasons you need to do this or that. But when it comes to Sweet/Vicious, you only need one reason to watch.
If you haven’t heard of Sweet/Vicious yet, it’s time to start paying attention. I’ve been on board with this show since I saw the premiere back in October, but now that the entirety of season 1 has aired, I find myself wanting to champion it even harder.
There are so many reasons why you should binge-watch Sweet/Vicious season 1, but they all boil down to just one: This show is important.
Yes, the show is funny and it features a diverse cast and badass female leads, but Sweet/Vicious highlights the issue of sexual assault in a way that few shows have done in the past. It’s not just a hot topic to discuss over the course of an episode or two. It’s not even a B plot to the main story in the series. Combating sexual assault is what this show is all about.
For many people, when they hear that Sweet/Vicious is on MTV, they automatically assume the show is going to be subpar in quality. Years of reality television has ingrained images of Jersey Shore in our heads, and for most of us, that’s enough reason to change the channel.
Teen Wolf and Awkward pioneered a new wave of scripted programs for MTV that were funny, smart, and heartwarming. Even if neither one of those series are for you, MTV has begun to roll out other shows encompassing other genres, such as The Shannara Chronicles, Scream, and yes, even Sweet/Vicious.
S/V is a surprisingly funny and witty show, despite the heavy message it bears, and it has a little something for everyone. Although the series’ chosen topic can obviously be a trigger for some people, it does a great job of balancing it out with subplots that make the show feel more rounded and relatable.
We see Harris dealing with racial profiling, while Ophelia has to learn to live with a mother who would rather she be a sorority girl than be true to herself. There are little moments throughout the series that make all these characters feel real and three-dimensional.
When it comes down to it, though, Sweet/Vicious should be required viewing for the express fact that it bears this heavy message. It teaches audiences about consent, being proactive, relying on others in difficult times, and what you can do as an ally to combat sexual assault.
As of this writing, you can watch all 10 episodes of Sweet/Vicious on MTV’s website. If you do end up tuning in, be sure to share your thoughts on social media. The response to the show has been incredible, but a season 2 is never guaranteed unless we make MTV aware of how much we need another season.