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Parents' Guide to

8th & Ocean

By Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

MTV show is far from model behavior -- teens OK.

TV MTV Reality TV 2006
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Even with the show's extensive access to the behind-the-scenes world of modeling, the producers fail to delve into the industry's real struggles, or even the internal torment of being good enough. The show misses an opportunity to take an in-depth look at a skin-deep industry, choosing to skim the surface instead. In typical MTV fashion, the editing is quick, facial expressions are used to interpret plot lines, the cast is beautiful, and the sandy beach backdrop would make any teen want to take off for the big city and try their hand at becoming a star. What little drama the show has feels forced and fabricated.

Meanwhile, the network maintains the upper hand through its familiarity with its audience's guilty pleasures and weaknesses, essentially taking the glossy pages of teen magazines and turning them into a reality show. Parents might want to take a look at some of the magazines aimed at this demographic, including Teen People and Seventeen.

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