Blood, Sweat, and Heels

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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NYC career women reality has drinking, arguing, innuendo.

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Positive Messages

It highlights the challenges that come with being professional women in New York City, but most of the focus is on the conflict between the women.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most of the women are very successful in their careers. They're supposed to be friends, but don't always support each other.


There's lots of catty arguing and competitive behavior. 


Contains sexual terms like "panty dropper," as well as discussions about having sex, infidelity, genitals, and other related conversations. Sex toys, stripper poles, and other items are occasionally shown. 


Words like "piss," "bitch," and "hell" are audible; curses like "a--hole," "f--k," and "s--t" are bleeped. 


Demetria Lucas' book and blog, both titled A Belle in Brooklyn, get air time. New York haunts, including the Brooklyn Terrace, are featured. Lexus and other cars visible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of champagne, wine, and cocktails consumed during social gatherings. Drunken behavior is sometimes visible; one cast member is suspected of having a drinking problem. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Blood, Sweat, and Heels includes all the expected reality series drama, including lots of arguing, drinking (champagne, wine, cocktails), drunken behavior, and swearing. The women also talk about sex a lot, sometimes in great detail. Older teens might be able to handle it, but it's too mature for kids. 

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What's the story?

BLOOD, SWEAT, AND HEELS is a reality series starring six thirtysomething New York women working their way up in the professional world. It stars video model-turned-real estate agent Melyssa Ford, modeling agency owner Mica Hughes, style expert Daisy Lewellyn, and real estate partner Brie Bythewood. Rounding out the group are blogger Demetria Lucas and pop culture journalist Geneva S. Thomas. They all have different backgrounds and strong opinions, but they all agree that that balancing their careers with their personal lives isn't easy.

Is it any good?

Blood, Sweat, and Heels offers a voyeuristic look into the world of a specific group of women navigating the competitive New York City professional and social scene. It also highlights some of the difficulties they face when balancing their professional careers with their private lives. 

They all have successful careers, but often manage to confuse being empowered with being loud or combative. Meanwhile, they spend much of their time engaged in catty arguments and competitive behavior. Some might consider it a guilty pleasure, but for others it's just the same old reality fare. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reasons people agree to be on reality shows. Why do you think these women chose to be on this show? To make money? For fame? Do you think they really act the way they do on camera in their every day lives? 

  • Why are there so many reality shows that feature women arguing? What's the appeal of these shows?

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