By Kari Croop,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Sugar and spice? More like sex -- and not much nice.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show doesn't exactly offer the most positive portrayal of women, and it seems to spotlight a lot of iffy behavior.
Positive Role Models
Sure, these women could be considered strong and independent -- and Danielle, who runs the agency, gets points for starting her own business from the ground up. But three of the four "Candy Girls" admit to having been in jail, and one seems to have a problem with binge drinking.
Violence & Scariness
Some verbal sparring is on the edge when it comes to abusive language. During a heated exchange, one woman says to her boss: "Have a f--ked-up day. I hope you trip and fall."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
These women are hired mostly for music videos, so looking and acting sexy is all part of the job. That translates into sexually charged dancing, low-cut tops (so low, in one case, that you can almost see a woman's nipples), short skirts, and bikinis. One girl admits: "The reality of being on set is that the artists do sleep with the girls sometimes."
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Words like "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped, but that doesn't stop the girls from combining them with terms like "damn," "ho," "boobs," "sexy," "slutty," "beeatches," and "busted-ass bitches."
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Products & Purchases
A few bars and restaurants (like the Daily Grill) are highlighted, and there's plenty of name-dropping when it comes to hip-hop stars like Lil Wayne, Mims, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, and Chris Brown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The girls drink socially, sometimes to excess, and one is even reprimanded by her boss for drinking too much (according to the other girls, "She gets drunk as f--k"). Of course, the girls' boss is then shown drinking wine at work while having a meeting with her assistant, so as a role model, she's not much better.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that most of these so-called "Candy Girls" are anything but sweet -- and there are plenty of other negatives that make this show an iffy choice for kids of any age. Although the worst swearing ("f--k" and "s--t"), is bleeped, there's enough other salty language, alcohol use, and sexually charged content left over to make parents think twice about letting teens watch.
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What's the Story?
By shadowing Danielle, a successful businesswoman whose Los Angeles-based Bella Agency books women to appear in popular hip-hop videos, CANDY GIRLS pushes women who've made their living as background players firmly into the spotlight. The show also focuses on Danielle's assistant, Kysha; her go-to stylist, April; and the "Candy Girls" themselves -- Brooke, Terricka, Olivia, and Blanca -- three of whom live together in a posh downtown loft.
Is It Any Good?
While it's vaguely interesting to meet the women who appear as virtual "eye candy" in the background of popular music videos, this reality series is far too focused on girl-on-girl conflict to produce any serious food for thought. A lot of the dialogue seems forced as well, and one of the Candy Girls is actively trying to launch her acting career -- which makes her participation in the project seem more than a little suspect.
In the end, a show that could have offered a thought-provoking perspective from strong-willed women working in a male-dominated industry devolves into a celebration of trash-talking, skin, and shameless self-promotion. So if you're craving something sweet, keep looking: These Candy Girls will give you a tummy ache.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what might motivate a woman to seek out work as a "video girl." Is that kind of work demeaning or empowering?
What qualities make Danielle a successful businesswoman? What qualities make her "Candy Girls" good at what they do?
Which of the Candy Girls do you admire? Are there any that you dislike? Generally speaking, do you think the show presents women in a negative or a positive light?
- Premiere date: March 8, 2009
- Cast: Danielle Crawley, Terricka Cason
- Network: E!
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: February 24, 2022
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