Big Rich Texas

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Status-driven reality series is rich in poor role models.

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

Positive Messages

Status, class, and money rule the country club scene. But conflict between the women and their daughters is the real focus.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Female characters are shallow, stereotypical, and predictably catty (plus, they're involving their teenage daughters in their publicly broadcast dramas). One mother bribes her daughter to remove a tattoo by promising her plastic surgery, etc.

Violence

Verbal sparring and insults, but nothing physical.

Sex

Some skimpy outfits, flirting, and discussion of sex. A 15-year-old receives birth control and condoms from her doctor, and she and a friend joke about it, although they say they aren't sexually active.

Language

Bleeped swearing (including "s--t" and "c--t"), with audible terms like "pissed off," "ass," and "hooker." One daughter has the C-word tattooed in a visible place on her foot, but the word itself is blurred out. The same daughter and her mother give someone else the finger, but their hands are blurred out.

Consumerism

The show is status-driven but not necessarily label-heavy. Some high-end brand names are mentioned, including Chanel.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking, sometimes to the point of drunkenness. A mothers and daughter frequently drink together though the daughter is of age.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this status-driven reality series reinforces negative messages about money, class, and women by encouraging conflict between adult characters -- and deliberately involving their teenage children. You'll also hear bleeped swearing (including "s--t" and "c--t") and see a daughter with the C-word tattooed on her foot (although the word itself has been blurred out). There's some social drinking, sexual content, and name-dropping when it comes to luxury labels.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byMunchkin Teacher January 11, 2013

Big Rich Texas Girls Should Volunteer Time

Shows women & daughters not on their "best day." Bored people with not much to do but gossip. All of them should be volunteering...find a pass... Continue reading
Adult Written byDCB77 January 9, 2013

So this is Texas behavior.

This show Big Rich Texas is Horrid,and I,am ashamed that Style network thinks this type of a show should be on the air,If this is the type of Woman who live in... Continue reading

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What's the story?

BIG RICH TEXAS centers on the lives of five mothers and daughters who belong to an exclusive Dallas country club, where membership has its privileges and status is everything. The women include newcomer Leslie, a recently transplanted pageant coach from the West Coast; her cousin, Connie, the club's social chair; and queen bee Pamela, one of the most influential people at the club.

Is it any good?

Mother-daughter bonding is great, but not when it's done over a little plastic surgery. Yet if you live in the superficially soaped bubble of Big Rich Texas, it's all part of being a parent. After all, what else do you do when you can't convince your 23-year-old to remove the tattooed C-word that's clearly visible on the top of her foot? You promise her the lip injections she's been asking for and hope for the best.

Of course, not every parent-child pairing is so extreme -- Connie and her daughter Grace seem to have a pretty genuine bond, at least. But if you're shopping for positive role models, you won't score anything here worth bragging about.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of reality shows that deliberately pit women against one another. Why do people want to watch female-driven conflict?

  • Do these women break new ground when it comes to the way women are portrayed on television? In what ways does the show reinforce negative stereotypes about women? Is it sending any negative messages about Southern women in particular?

  • Why would these women agree to have their lives filmed for the whole world to see? Do you think it's appropriate for them to throw their teenage daughters into the mix?

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For kids who love reality television

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