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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this drama about military spouses has strong sexual innuendo, some upsetting scenes of a teen physically abusing his mother, and lots of drinking (some in response to post traumatic stress), While current events in the Middle East provide a backdrop for the show, at its heart, the series is a fictional drama about life as an Army wife (or husband) -- not the current war.
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What's the story?
ARMY WIVES revolves around a group of Army wives (and one army husband) who become friends while facing the many challenges of living on an active Army post. The group's key members are strong, well-respected Claudia (Kim Delaney); devoted wife and mother Denise (Catherine Bell), saucy, independent newcomer Roxy (Sally Pressman); former police officer Pamela (Brigid Brannagh), and psychiatrist Roland (Sterling K. Brown), who must rebuild his marriage when his wife returns from Afghanistan. Life on the base is dictated by military rules but the wives (and husbands) follow their own code of behavior. Along with rumors, gossip, and female competition, there are also personal challenges such as abuse, ex-husbands, and financial problems. While their issues may differ, they all share the same anxieties. They're expected to stay strong, but their fears of losing a spouse in the Middle East are compounded by their inability to express those fears freely. Even those who reunite with their partners face realities like post traumatic stress disorder and eroded marriages.
Is it any good?
As is the case with other Lifetime series, Army Wives focuses primarily on the lives of women. The series isn't designed as a political statement on current events; instead, it tells entertaining stories that combine fiction with the very real drama associated with marrying into a military life.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the media portrays the military. In general, is it positive or negative? How can you tell?
Do you think this show reinforces the general public's ideas about life in the Army or dispels them?
What are the challenges and benefits of living on a military post or base?
How do military families cope with having a loved one serving in a war zone? What can communities do to help these families?