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Brooke Knows Best
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 this Hogan Knows Best spin-off follows Hulk Hogan's daughter Brooke as she strikes out on her own. Unlike the original series, this show focuses specifically on Brooke's life, rather than the family's interactions -- though there are discussions about her parents' very public divorce and her brother's legal problems. Expect lots of bikini-clad young women, some sexual innuendo (including references to gay sex), some mild language ("hell," "damn"), and some pretty wild parties (including underage drinking).
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What's the story?
Following on the heels of Hogan Knows Best, which chronicled the family life of pro-wrestling star Terry "Hulk" Hogan, BROOKE KNOWS BEST focuses on oldest Hogan daughter Brooke -- who at 19 has decided to move out of her protective parents' home and into a Miami penthouse. An aspiring singer, Brooke must learn to cope with roommates, balance a budget and her time while, and build relationships with music professionals ... all while confronting the many temptations that South Beach has to offer. But even though she's on her own, she's still close to her overprotective father and the rest of the Hogan clan.
Is it any good?
From getting tattoos to checking out the dating scene, Brooke Knows Best is chock full of coming-of-age moments. But while Brooke's parents continue to offer their daughter sound advice, their presence on the show is often overshadowed by conversations about their public and somewhat contentious divorce. And then there are her brother's well-publicized legal problems (stemming from his involvement in a near-fatal car accident).
Although in many ways dealing with these issues forces Brooke to recognize that entering adulthood isn't always about partying and having fun, they don't exactly make for great entertainment -- and, in fact, many of the big conversations come across as heavily scripted. And the truth is that without Brooke's quirky, over-protective dad hanging around, the show really isn't very amusing. But die-hard Hogan family fans may like getting another look behind the scenes.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the popularity of "real-life" family TV shows. What makes a family entertaining enough for television? Do you think the families featured on these shows act the same way when the cameras aren't there? Families can also discuss what happens when an apparently "perfect" reality show family seems to fall apart. Should these problems become entertainment for others? How have things changed for the Hogans since Hogan Knows Best?