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 Big Tips Texas is a reality series that centers on the wild behavior of a group of waitresses at a Texas bar. Drinking is constant, and the cast often engages in drunken behavior, some of which leads to arguments and brawls. There's lots of sexual innuendo, as well as frequent images of women in skimpy bikini tops and short shorts, blacked out nudity, and kissing. The language is pretty salty, too (the strongest words are bleeped). There's not much here for teens, and it's definitely not meant for kids.
What's the story?
The reality series BIG TIPS TEXAS features a group of female servers living it up in and around a Dallas-area bar. The wild waitresses work at The Redneck Heaven, a bar and restaurant known for its non-stop party atmosphere and opportunities to make big tips. While newbies like Morgan, Macy, and Krystin work hard to learn the ropes, they must cope with domineering veterans like bartenders Claire and Amber. Trying to keep them in line is their boss Typhani, who rose from the waitressing ranks to become the head of the restaurant's marketing department. It gets pretty crazy, especially when they spend time outside of the bar. But for many of these women, working long and crazy shifts at the restaurant will allow them to earn the money they need to fund their dreams.
Is it any good?
From serving customers burgers and beer to continually bickering with each other about their looks, attitudes, and other issues, the women featured here offer little more than a chance to watch them drink, party, and argue. Despite the fact that some of these women are working hard to earn cash to go to college or start a new business, it's hard to take them seriously.
It's not clear why these women have their own TV show, as any attempts to tell a story are overshadowed by their drunken, over-the-top behavior. Some folks may find them entertaining enough to watch, but it's unlikely that you'll find anything educational or inspiring here.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about reality shows. Why were these women given their own show? Do you think the behavior they exhibit on the show is real? Or are their risky behaviors being hyped up for entertainment purposes?
What kinds of messages do shows like this send about women? Do you think it's appropriate for these women to go to work and dress sexy or behave the way they do to make more money? Are these women good role models for other women?