A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this Real Housewives spin-off -- which features natural foods chef and author Bethenny Frankel as she prepares for marriage and parenthood -- contains some strong language (words like “ass” and “slut” are audible; words like “pissed” and “f--k” are bleeped). It also contains some strong sexual innuendo and references to smoking. The logos for Frankel’s margarita line, Skinny Girl Margarita, are frequently visible. Frankel, who is six months pregnant, also shares some stories about her childhood that contain references to abusive relationships and neglect.
What's the story?
BETHENNY GETTING MARRIED is a reality series that follows former Real Housewives of New York City cast member Bethenny Frankel as she prepares to get married and have a baby. Cameras follow the successful natural foods chef and author, who is six months pregnant, as she tries to plan a wedding with fiancé Jason Hoppy. Balancing all the changes in her personal life with her booming career isn’t always easy, but luckily she has her assistant, Julie Plake, and intern Max Miesel to help her with book tours, housewarming parties, and wedding plans.
Is it any good?
The reality show features a more extended look of Frankel’s personal life than what is offered in the original New York installment of the Real Housewives franchise. To this end, Frankel openly talks about her troubled childhood, and focuses on how her past could potentially impact her current relationships.
It's tamer than the original, but some people may still find the voyeuristic look into the reality star’s private life interesting. Fans of the RHOFNYC will enjoy the occasional appearance of some of the show’s current cast members. But aside from the publicity the show will generate for Frankel’s books and her margerita line, the series offers little more than a mildly entertaining reality experience.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about reality shows. Why do you think Frankel was chosen to have her own reality show? What is it about her that is supposed to make the show interesting? What’s the difference between a reality show persona and a reality star’s true personality? Do you think viewers ever get to see who people really are on reality shows? Do you think what you are seeing here is actually her real life? Why or why not?
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