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Bachelor in Paradise
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 Bachelor in Paradise, a spin-off of The Bachelor franchise, features all the expected catty behavior, arguing, sexual innuendo, language, and mature themes one expects from these shows. There's lots of drinking, too. The show's theme is finding love but focuses more on sexual attraction than building viable relationships.
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What's the story?
BACHELOR IN PARADISE is a reality spin-off featuring folks who have had their hearts broken on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and who are now trying to find love again. Hosted by Chris Harrison, the series brings former cast members from both shows together in an isolated tropical resort in Tulum, Mexico. While there, they get to know one another and make connections during group activities and individual dates. But, as romance blooms, so do the rivalries, especially when some people live up to their past reputations. Adding to the fray is the random appearances of additional cast members throughout the series. At the end of each episode, the cast member who's not part of a couple is eliminated. The last remaining couple represents success in finding love.
Is it any good?
As with its sister series, Bachelor in Paradise features all the fantasy dates, sexual tension, and rivalries one has come to expect from these shows. The discussions of finding love after a few hours of meeting someone and the constant changing of partners adds to the show's entertainment value.
Fans of the franchise will find it entertaining, especially when more notorious cast members engage in colorful or extreme behavior. But it also sends troubling messages about looking for serious and healthy relationships.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the reasons why people appear on reality shows multiple times to find love. Do people who appear on these shows truly believe they will find long-term relationships in front of the cameras? Or are their appearances motivated by something else, like fame or money?