Bad Girls Road Trip
By Kari Croop,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Raunchiness + irrelevance = one bad trip.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
These women are dubbed "bad girls" for a reason, and the show celebrates their love of fighting, swearing, drinking, and promiscuity.
Violence & Scariness
Women are shown punching, hitting, and kicking each other in bar brawls and full-blown catfights.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One character is an exotic dancer, and ample cleavage abounds. Other characters are shown dancing suggestively with the aid of stripper poles and making out in public with men and women.
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Many curse words (such as "s--t" and "f--k") are bleeped, but second-tier swearing like "ass" and "hell" flows freely. The word "bitch," in particular, is used repeatedly by female characters in reference to each other ... or just about anything.
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Products & Purchases
The show serves as one long commercial for the second season of Bad Girls Club. The Oxygen network and its Web site are mentioned often.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Although only a few of the women smoke, binge drinking is a pastime that everyone seems to enjoy. Characters are reguarly shown doing shots of hard liquor and guzzling cocktails that should probably be sipped.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this raunchy reality show is (hopefully) not intended for kids. It's essentially devoid of positive female role models, and so much dialogue is bleeped out it's often difficult to tell what the characters are saying. Unless you want your teens to soak up bad behavior like binge drinking, cursing, and simulating sex with strangers in public places, steer clear of this road trip from hell.
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What's the Story?
The Bad Girls Club, a reality series spawned by the creators of MTV's The Real World, was apparently so successful that its producers felt it warranted a spin-off. In BAD GIRLS ROAD TRIP, several of the women featured in The Bad Girls Club reunite for a cross-country trek to recruit cast members for Club's next season. Along the way, they meet up with a few familiar faces, and girl-on-girl drama ensues.
Is It Any Good?
Whether or not these "bad girls" actually accomplish anything over the course of the series seems like a moot point. After all, the show's appeal seems to be more about the girls' outrageous antics than their purported mission of finding fresh meat for their "club" of foul-mouthed scrappers. The odd thing is that, in spite of the nonstop mayhem, Bad Girls Road Trip is actually kind of boring. In one episode, the only truly entertaining moment came when the girls got all gussied up to sign autographs at a Nashville bar, only to discover that no one had bothered to show up.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about whether or not they find this show entertaining -- if so, what makes it appealing? If the show were about a group of well-mannered, well-spoken women who were driving across the country to find bright young minds for their new book club, would you still want to watch every week? Do you admire these women or look down on them? How would the show be different if the "bad girls" were replaced by a bunch of "bad guys"?
- Premiere date: June 12, 2007
- Cast: Jodie Howell, Zara Sprankle
- Network: Oxygen
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: February 24, 2022
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