A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series attempts to highlight the challenges of being a wife or partner of a NBA player, but it underscores how these women aren't necessarily a close community.
Positive Role Models
The women have the potential to be supportive of one another, but some of them seem unable to get along. At least one cast member has had trouble with the law.
Violence & Scariness
Arguing and cat fights break out among the women. Some frequently express a desire to punch and/or slap others; some actually do it. Tanya Williams' husband, Jayson Williams, was convicted for a fatal accidental shooting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to some of the wives' breast implants. At least one episode features male and female strippers dancing naked; private parts are covered with the show's logo. Draya has a history of stripping and is accused of being a basketball "groupie."
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Lots of swearing. Words like "hell," "damn," "piss," and "bitch" are audible; stronger curse words like "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The women enjoy wearing designer labels like Gucci and Yves St. Laurent. L.A. hot spots and restaurants like the Pink Taco and il Tramezzino are prominently featured. A few of the cast members are starting their own jewelry lines and other business ventures.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent drinking (wine, cocktails, champagne) at dinners, clubs, and social events.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this installment in the Basketball Wives franchise features lots of mature themes, including infidelity and brief discussions of child endangerment. The language is pretty strong ("piss," "hell," "bitch"; stronger words bleeped), and drinking and catty behavior are frequent. Physical fights sometimes break out between cast members. References are also made to some of the players' troubled lives.
Is It Any Good?
Like its sister series, this show offers a voyeuristic glimpse at the lives of women who've chosen to partner with NBA players and who are coping with the challenges that come with this lifestyle. But unlike the original, it immediately focuses on how different each of these women are and the hostility between them. Adding to the drama is the tabloid publicity that surrounds some of these women, including rumors about infidelity, a highly publicized shooting incident, and allegations of child endangerment.
Despite references to the importance of supporting one another, most of these women exhibit a defensiveness about who they are, as well as about their past and present relationships with their NBA partners. The result is a show that plays up the very stereotypes that the women claim are unfairly used to describe them. Some folks may find these theatrics entertaining, but there are few positive messages being offered here.
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