Beauty and the Geek

TV review by
Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media
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Lessons for teens buried beneath a silly premise.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

Girls portrayed as hot but dumb, guys are smart but geeky. Beyond the surface, however, contestants are accepting and learn from each other's differences.

Violence
Sex

Girls in bikinis, talk of sexual experience (or inexperience).

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Some drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the show plays on stereotypes -- the "beauties" are attractive young women who aren't very bright and the "geeks" are smart but unpolished guys with limited social skills. Contestants live in the same house, and share rooms, often with one bed. The beauties dress skimpily, and one episode featured a strip poker competition. Ultimately the beauties and geeks build friendships and respect for each other.

User Reviews

Adult Written byJennyK May 31, 2012

Only watch with kids if you know they will become attractive enough to not need college

It makes kids really not want to grow up to be a geek which is why I rated it not for kids. If noone wanted to be a geek than we wouldnt have any advances in te... Continue reading
Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
Kid, 11 years old December 24, 2012

Good Reality Show

Awesome, but frequent sexual refrences dvd rating PG- Mild sexual refrences and mild language. A bit bad for young pepole
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Beauty and the Geek is completely harmless.

Beauty and the Geek is okay for basically anybody. It's actually sort of educational. A series of really attractive girls who really don't have any sm... Continue reading

What's the story?

BEAUTY AND THE GEEK matches eight socially-challenged men with eight intellectually-challenged women. The pairs compete in challenges that test social, academic, and fashion skills. Geeks compete in karaoke or room-decorating challenges while beauties assemble a computer or engage in political debates.

Is it any good?

This "social experiment" is based on the stereotype that beautiful women lack smarts and intelligent men can't attract the opposite sex. But despite the silly premise, this reality show offers some surprising insights. The men and women genuinely learn lessons and skills from one another. They have conversations about social issues, what's acceptable in society, and why. Both the beauties and the geeks end up recognizing the value in their newfound-knowledge -- be it social or academic.

The conversations that ignite when contestants are sitting around the house are far more interesting than the challenges themselves, which involve contrived competitions that are meant to reinforce stereotypes -- is it supposed to be amusing that a beauty doesn't know who the vice president is? Still, it's refreshing to see these young people getting past their differences and sharing their strengths with each other. That said, Beauty and the Geek is still a reality show -- with tension and drama to keep the show edgy. Parents can watch with teens and talk about stereotypes and how they play into dating scenarios.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the stereotypes that serve as the show's premise. Are these stereotypes shattered or challenged? What values and lessons are learned? Would these contestants ever get to know each other if it wasn't for this show? Can people with such different interests find love?

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