Braxton Family Values
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Reality docu hits high notes, plus marital, alcohol issues.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights the importance of family, but underscores how difficult it is to separate family business from the music business. Toni Braxton’s health and financial problems are often discussed throughout the show.
Positive Role Models
The sisters have their differences, but ultimately are very close and supportive of each other. Traci constantly complains about being left out of the groups’ performances while Tamar appears jealous of Toni’s career. Braxton performs at fundraisers for "Autism Speaks" in honor of her autistic son.
Violence & Scariness
Heated discussions are common, but ultimately the family works out their differences in a positive way.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussions about marital problems and infidelity are common. References are made to orgasms. Women are occasionally visible in bikinis and other sexy outfits.
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Words like "hell," "damn," "ass," "pissed," and "crap" are audible; curses like "s--t" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
iPads, fancy cars like BMWs and accessories with Channel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton logos are visible. References are made to Lady Gaga, and other groups that Vincent Herbert manages.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Consumption of champagne, wine, and cocktails (like martinis and margaritas) are visible. References are made to prescription drugs like Valium and Ambien. The family grows concerned about one cast members’ drinking habits and her DUI arrest.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series follows R&B singer Toni Braxton and her sisters as they work through professional and personal issues, some of which involve mature themes. The show's focus is on the value and importance of family, but marital problems, alcoholism, and financial issues are also major subjects in the show. Some of the language is a little strong ("damn," "hell," "piss"; stronger words bleeped) and high-end logos like Louis Vuitton, Channel, and BMW are visible.
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Based on 2 parent reviews
Why are these ppl on ANY tv channel?
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It seems that this family just keeps getting more and more petty. Maybe it's to try and stay relevant. In the real world nobody drags things on as they do. Each one of them needs to work on themselves. And, what mother puts her child second and Aires her secrets on tv
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What's the Story?
BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES offers an inside look into the lives of six-time Grammy award R&B performer Toni Braxton and her adult sisters. While Toni returns to the stage after struggling with some serious health and financial issues, sisters Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar work as her assistants, occasionally sing back up, and offer support from the sidelines. Life is never dull offstage either, thanks to their ongoing sibling rivalries and other family drama. Adding to the fray is Vincent Herbert, Toni's manager and Tamar's husband, who is coping with his wife's impatient desire to relaunch her solo career. Luckily, their strong-minded mom Evelyn is there to offer the family her special brand of wisdom and support when necessary.
Is It Any Good?
The series offers a voyeuristic look at how the Braxton sisters balance their personal relationships with their spouses, children, and with each other, while trying to establish their own individual careers in the music industry. Meanwhile, the show seeks to address some of the tabloid rumors surrounding Toni Braxton's personal problems, including her physical health and troubled finances.
Some of the show's more dramatic conversations appear staged as the sisters exchange words and/or seek advice from Toni, who appears to be the most grounded member of the gang. But these moments are also designed to demonstrate how despite everything, they always come together as a family.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about reality shows. Why have the Braxtons agreed to discuss some of their family problems in front of a camera? How do you think the series will impact the sisters' musical careers?
Do you think publically discussing a family member's alcohol addiction problems on a reality show is appropriate? Why or why not?
- Premiere date: April 12, 2011
- Cast: Tamar Braxton, Toni Braxton, Towanda Braxton
- Network: WE
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: December 18, 2022
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