A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Girls in bikinis, talk of sexual experience (or inexperience).
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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.
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.
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