Basketball Wives L.A.

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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NBA Wives spin-off has strong language, mature themes.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.


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.


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."


Lots of swearing. Words like "hell," "damn," "piss," and "bitch" are audible; stronger curse words like "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped.


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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDeona July 17, 2016

You have to give respect to get it..

It would be nice if the lady got along better
Adult Written byqttpie2002 June 1, 2012

too much fighting

This show promotes fighting. I would not recommend this show for teenagers or children!
Teen, 17 years old Written byBaks August 14, 2017
Without jacki there is no show ✌️✌️
Kid, 11 years old January 23, 2013

Hold on a min!!!!!!

Ugh this is for grown ups
And it even has bad words!!!!

What's the story?

BASKETBALL WIVES L.A., the California installment of the of the Basketball Wives franchise, follows a group of women who are (or have been) in a relationship with professional NBA players. The group is spearheaded by Gloria Govan, who has followed fiancé and now L.A. Lakers player Matt Barnes from Miami to Los Angeles. Joining the group are her sister, Laura Govan, former fiancée of Orlando Magic's Gilbert Arenas; Imani Showalter, former fiancée of NBA player Stephen Jackson; and California native Malaysia Pargo, wife of Chicago Bulls star Jannaro Pargo. Also featured are Kimsha Artest, the long-time partner of player and rapper Ron Artest; Jackie Christie, wife of retired NBA player Doug Christie; and Draya Michele, a model and aspiring actress with a reputation for dating basketball players. Occasionally joining the fray is Tanya Williams, the estranged wife of former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams. The women try to support each other as they show the world who they really are, but their past relationships and personal drama sometimes get in the way of their potential friendship.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why these women would agree to appear on reality television. Do you think their behavior supports or detracts from existing stereotypes about them and the athletes they're involved (or no longer involved) with? Do you think these women would behave this way if they weren't in front of the cameras?

  • What's the fascination with "wives" on television? What kinds of messages about women do these shows send? Are there some shows about women that depict them supporting each other?

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