What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series follows a same-sex couple as they undergo the transition from city to country folk, often focusing on their relationship issues. The show promotes local and organic farming, as well as the couple's brand, Beekman 1802. The premise plays off of established stereotypes, but the show is supportive of the gay community and includes some kissing between the men, one of whom is a former drag queen. Josh and Brent have a strong, supportive relationship. Occasional strong language (“ass,” “t-ts,” “s--t,” f--k”) is fully bleeped.
What's the story?
THE FABULOUS BEEKMAN BOYS follows an urban couple as they attempt to revitalize an upstate New York farm. While doctor/health and wellness expert Josh Kilmer-Purcell lives and works at Beekman Farm full time, advertising exec/former drag queen Brent Ridge works in New York City five days a week earning a paycheck to keep them afloat until their organic farm becomes self-sufficient. In the meantime, their weekly separation puts a toll on their relationship. And while growing vegetables and raising animals aren’t easy for the first-time farmers, local goat expert Farmer John helps them through it.
Is it any good?
The series takes a humorous look at the way the couple adjusts to giving up their trendy Manhattan lifestyle in exchange for a life in the country. But the series' primary focus is on the men’s Odd Couple-like relationship, which is being tested by both the financial pressures associated with building a new business and the distance that Ridge’s job puts between them.
The show -- which supports organic foods, local growers, and the gay community -- is both fun and fairly mild for reality TV (though there is some social drinking and bleeped language). Viewers might just get a kick out of watching these two city guys with yin and yang personalities trying to keep their farm (and their relationship) afloat.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about what being “organic” means. What benefits does a local farm offer to the community? Why is what they sell usually more expensive than goods sold from larger farms? Do you think there's anything about being a farmer that's not seen on the show?
How does this show compare to other reality shows that focus on couples and deal with relationship issues?
Does this show reinforce or undermine stereotypes?