Beverly Hills Nannies

Common Sense Media says

Upstairs, Downstairs meets Real Housewives.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series focuses on the nannies' competitive and catty world -- and what they're willing to do in order to enjoy their employers' privileged lifestyle.

Positive role models

Many of the featured parents are extremely superficial and/or exploitative, while many of the nannies are sometimes unprofessional and/or unkind to other nannies.

Violence

Lots of catty behavior between employers, nannies, and other cast members.

Sex

Occasional discussion about sex, including crude references to "banging." Nannies describe witnessing infidelity, being sexually harassed on the job, and their willingness to tolerate it. One dad asks a nanny inappropriate questions. Some nannies are hired based on their looks (or lack thereof).

Language

Words like "bitch" and "s--t" are bleeped.

Consumerism

Lots of high-end brands like Gucci, Hermes, Burberry, Valentino, Audi cars, Apple, Dell, etc. are referenced and/or visible. Lots of celebrity name dropping. Actress Cindy Margolis is a nanny employer.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Cast members are seen drinking beer, wine, cocktails, shots, and champagne at social gatherings, family meals, and even during the occasional interview. Some nannies discuss drinking on the job; a nanny-in-training appears to drink too much. The use of illegal drugs is briefly discussed.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Beverly Hills Nannies features professional childcare providers competing for jobs with rich/famous Southern California clients. Both the employers and the nannies can be pretty catty and/or obnoxiously superficial. Expect lots of drinking (during social events and over meals) and some sexual references (including discussions about infidelity and sexual harassment). The nannies love to name drop, and designer brands like Gucci, Hermes, and others are discussed and/or visible.

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What's the story?

BEVERLY HILLS NANNIES follows a close circle of young childcare professionals as they navigate the competitive Beverly Hills nanny scene. Cameras follow caregivers like veteran Kristin Lancione, Wisconsin transplant Amanda Averill, newbie Shayla Quinn, and free-spirited Amber Valdez as they go on interviews with potential employers and take care of the children of wealthy and/or famous families while trying to cope with their employers' outrageous requests. "Mannies" like Justin Sylvester, Shaun Sturz, and Australian Scott Carmill deal with the same kind of pressures. From cooking gourmet meals for kids with restricted diets to rubbing a new mom's feet after ironing her baby's designer clothes, these folks find themselves doing lots of things they never thought were part of the job. But while some nannies set boundaries, others will do anything in order to hold on to their position -- and enjoy a privileged lifestyle that isn't really theirs.

Is it any good?

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Beverly Hills Nannies offers a voyeuristic look into the world of the high-end childcare provider, in which they must compete with each other for jobs that include perks like new cars, working at beach-side properties, and salaries of up to $40 an hour. It also shows that while some folks expect their nannies to legitimately assist them with their children in a positive way, others seem to think that their nannies or mannies are personal slaves who should be at their beck and call.

Viewers get to hear some of the gossipy comments that employers make about their childcare providers, which usually aren't very favorable. Meanwhile, the nannies engage in lots of catty behavior, and on occasion look for ways to sabotage one another. Fans of these sorts of shows will enjoy the reality drama, but it doesn't send the best messages to (or about) families and the people who work for them.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way the nannies and the people who hire them are portrayed in this reality show. Do you think these portrayals are fair? Or do they play up to stereotypes about the wealthy and/or the people who work for them to make the show entertaining?

  • Do you think nannies who work outside of Beverly Hills face the same kinds of problems that the nannies featured here are facing?

  • Do you think the nannies who appear on this show are typical of most Beverly Hills nannies? What kinds of people don't you see on this show?

  • What kind of skills and experience does someone have to have in order to be a good nanny? What kinds of things should a nanny never have to do in order to keep their job?

TV details

Cast:Amber Valdez, Justin Sylvester, Kristin Lancione
Network:ABC Family
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written byjohnnyj400 July 11, 2012
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Awful show

This is a horrible show. From the mannies, nannies and the families everything is awful. Whoever thought this would be a good show must've been drunk. These people make the Kardashian's seem bearable.

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