Big Rich Atlanta

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Rich, eccentric Atlanta ladies drink, argue, act sexy.

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Positive Messages

The value of wealth and social status is highlighted here, as is the notion that these things do not necessarily equal good manners and classy behavior. Eccentricity is subtly equated with Southern culture.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The cast includes eccentric moms and daughters, many for whom image is everything. One woman claims to be a pillar of high society, but frequents strip clubs; another wants to start a business with her mom's money, but isn't really working at it. One mother has been married four times, another is a dancing preacher.

Violence

Arguing between cast members is frequent, and often lead to screams and insults. Occasional physical fights lead to slapping, scratching, and hair pulling, the injuries from which are exaggerated to create drama. A grenade is given as a gift.

Sex

Women wear lots of low-cut shirts and tight short skirts. A painting features a cast member topless, but no nudity is visible. Conversations about relationships and promiscuity are frequent. Sex is discussed; crude sexual references like "slut" are audible. Some cast members meet at strip clubs; women's bare legs are shown, but no dancing is really visible.

Language

Words like "ass" and "bitch" are audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped. Slurs like "redneck" and "white trash" are also audible.

Consumerism

The Eado's fledgling jewelry business, She Blames Me, is prominently discussed. High-end cars like Mercedes-Benz are visible, and brands of liquor, including Gray Goose Vodka and Cristal champagne are discussed, but the logos aren't visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne, wine, vodka, and mixed drinks are frequently consumed at social gatherings, bars, and strip clubs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Big Rich Atlanta features wealthy mothers and daughters acting out in typical realty show style. The ladies drink frequently, use salty vocab ("bitch," "ass"), and engage in frequent catty arguments that sometimes turn into brawls. There's lots of sexy outfits, some occasional crude sexual references, and on occasion high society ladies meet in strip clubs. While not always obvious, the series reflects some stereotypes about women from the South.

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What's the story?

BIG RICH ATLANTA is a reality series featuring the members of an exclusive Atlanta, Georgia country club. Six mother/daughter groups, including Harvin and Meyer Eadon, with their mom Virginia; Kahdijiha Rowe, daughter of R&B singer Q Parker, and her mom Sharlinda; and Marcia Marchman and her daughter Meagan McBrayer. Also joining the group is Southern belle Diana Davidson and her mom Katie; and dancing preacher Sabrina McKenzie and her daughter Anandi. Adding some dramatic flair to the show is Ashlee Wilson Hawn, a former beauty queen and self-proclaimed high-society leader. From divorce parties to golf lessons, these women show how being a member of the Atlanta social elite can be full of endless fun and lots of drama.

Is it any good?

The unscripted -- but highly produced -- Big Rich Atlanta features all the voyeuristic drama that one comes to expect from these kinds of reality shows. But unlike shows like the Real Housewives of Atlanta, this series centers more on the personalities of the eccentric cast of characters, rather than on how they live narcissistic lifestyles thanks to their status and wealth.

Some folks may find it entertaining, but many of the relationships featured here seem forced, and some of the women's behavior is so odd or over-the-top that you can't help but feel they are trying too hard for the cameras. Some of the ladies' behavior also reflect some long-standing stereotypes about the superficial nature of women from the South, too. As a result, the show feels less like a guilty pleasure, and more like a Southern parody.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reality shows. What is the difference between a show being "unscripted" and a documentary? How can you tell the difference when watching? Why is it called reality TV if it isn't really real? Why do people agree to be on these sort of shows?

  • Why do so many reality shows rely on female-driven conflict to make it them more entertaining? What kinds of stereotypes do these conflicts reinforce? Are there any other generalizations that you think are being reinforced by this show? 

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For kids who love reality shows

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