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CeeLo Green's The Good Life

CeeLo reality series has music, language, sexist behavior.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Sexist and occasional racial/ethnic stereotypes abound, some more subtly than others. 

Positive role models

CeeLo and his fellow singers are good friends and loyal to each other, but some exhibit sexist behavior.

Violence

The group members occasionally disagree with each other, but there's no real fighting. Some of the members have had some well-publicized run-ins with the law for violent behavior. 

Sex

Sexual innuendo and lots of sexist behavior. Women are shown in tight, skimpy, and revealing clothing. There also are some crude references to genitals. 

Language

Words such as "hell," "a--hole," and "s--t" audible; words such as "f--k" bleeped. The "N" word also is audible. 

Consumerism

The series is a promotional vehicle for Goodie Mob. Hummers, iPhones, Louis Vuitton shoes, and other products are visible, but the logos aren't prominently shown. Venues such as the House of Blues are featured. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

References are made to steroid use. Drinking is occasionally visible. Some of the cast have been arrested for drug-related offenses. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that CeeLo Green's The Good Life is a reality series featuring the singer and the members of his band, Goodie Mob. CeeLo fans most likely will be drawn to it, but it's full of enough sexist behavior and strong language (curses such as "s--t" and the "N" word are audible) that it's an iffy choice for younger teens.

What's the story?

CEELO GREEN'S THE GOOD LIFE is a reality show featuring singer and The Voice coach CeeLo Green and the antics of his Southern hip-hop group, Goodie Mob. The Atlanta-born performer and his childhood friends, Cameron "Big Gipp," Willie Edward Knighton Jr. (aka Khujo Gunclub Goodie), and Robert "T-Mo" Barnett are reunited, recording, and performing together. Also joining them is CeeLo's protege, "V." In between recording music and performing at a variety of venues, the gang enjoys their fair share of crazy antics and good times.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

From starting a chauffeur service featuring scantily clad female drivers to preparing to throw the first pitch at a Dodger's game, CeeLo and his friends enjoy some Entourage-like moments while they work on their music. Appearances by musicians such as Eric Bénet add to the atmosphere. 

Much of the show is about CeeLo celebrating his wealthy lifestyle and enjoying the fact that he can do whatever he wants as a result. His fans will be drawn to it, and reality enthusiasts may find the humorous (though clearly staged) moments entertaining. But, outside of this, there's just not a whole lot here. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the reasons performers appear on reality shows. Is it for promotional purposes? To make money? Or is there something else that drives them to do it?

  • Why do people use stereotypes and swear words on TV? When does it all go too far? Is it possible to be entertaining without using these words? 

TV details

Premiere date:June 23, 2014
Cast:CeeLo Green, Khujo Goodie, Big Gipp
Network:TBS
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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