100 Days of Summer

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Bland Chicago reality has language, drinking, innuendo.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The focus is on looks, money, and the dramas of relationships.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some members of the cast were born into upper-class privileged lifestyles; all of them are currently living it. Some make sexist remarks and none is particularly admirable.

Violence

There's lots of catty behavior, and on occasion, some arguing.  

Sex

Lots of skimpy bikinis and endless conversations about sex and relationships. One cast member brags about having sex with lots of people during the summer; another showcases a sculpted art piece featuring penises. 

Language

Words like "t-ts," "douchey" are audible; stronger curses are bleeped. 

Consumerism

Local Chicago haunts are featured. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (wine, cocktails, shots, champagne) is frequent at bars, clubs, and social gatherings. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 100 Days of Summer features all the skimpy outfits, sexual references, catty behavior, drinking, and strong language that Bravo reality shows are known for. Expect mature themes about marriage, relationships, and other issues, but older teens who like this sort of thing will probably be able to handle it. 

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What's the story?

100 DAYS OF SUMMER features a group of young, successful professionals making the most of the short Chicago summer. The reality show stars former Chicago Bear football player and sport talent scout Ray Austin; pageant queen-turned clothing designer Phillips Demming; outspoken jewelry designer Pascale Wellin; real estate developer Jay Michael; and professional event promoter Vincent Anzalone. They're also joined by veterinarian Tara Clack, and on occasion, Austin's girlfriend Hamidah. From pursuing lucrative business opportunities to attending charity events and looking for the right guy to marry, these folks are busy building their careers, social networks, and personal lives while the weather is warm in Chicago.

Is it any good?

100 Days of Summer attempts to offer a new reality experience by offering viewers a glimpse into the short summer professional and social season of young Midwestern professionals. But like many reality series, what it really offers is a voyeuristic look into a world of privilege and catty relationships.

The Midwestern gang is more polite than other reality cast members, which makes the drama seem a bit slow, but no less petty. If you like this sort of entertainment, then you'll enjoy it. But outside of being set in Chicago, there's nothing here that makes it particularly original. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reasons people get their own reality shows. Why do you think these folks were cast for this series? Was it their jobs? Their looks? Or the fact that they somehow represent the city of Chicago? Do you think their lives look the same once the cameras are off?

  • What are some of the cultural differences between cities and regions across the United States? What makes each place distinct? Is it the people? The climate? Traditions? What's the difference between identifying cultural distinctions and creating stereotypical generalizations in the media

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For kids who love reality shows

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