Chasing Maria Menounos

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Career and family are focus of TV-host reality series.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Family as both a support and a strain is a major theme of the show, as well as a strong work ethic as embodied by Menounus' Greek immigrant parents and herself. But the main point of the show is as a promotional vehicle for the TV personality herself.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Menounos is an incredibly hard worker who seems to care a lot about her family. She supports them financially, and they help her with her career. Her family's Greek heritage is emphasized as a positive element in her life.

Violence

Mild arguments break out between Maria, Kevin, and the rest of the family.  Maria participates in female wrestling bouts, and is often thrown, pushed, shoved, and worse, but no real serious injuries occur. 

Sex

Sex acts are occasionally discussed. Getting pregnant and infertility are major themes. Menounos is shown in the gynecologist's office in stirrups (no private parts are shown). Women are shown in skimpy bikinis.

Language

Words like "bitch," "crap," and "ass" audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" bleeped. 

Consumerism

The series is a promotional vehicle for Menounos and her projects, including the indie film, Serial Buddies. The Reebok logo is visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of drinking (wine, beer, shots) visible. In one episode Menounos is shown slightly drunk; in another, hung over.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the reality series Chasing Maria Menounos contains some strong language ("piss," "bitch," "ass"; curses bleeped), occasional drinking (wine, beer, shots), and adult themes, including sex, infertility, and marriage. Throughout the show is a very positive messages about the importance of family and hard work. There's some mild arguing, and occasionally logos for companies like Reebok visible. The series is also a promotional vehicle for Menounous and her boyfriend's business interests. Menounos fans will be drawn to it, but it has enough strong content to make it an iffy choice for tweens.

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Adult Written byfunnygirl94086 March 25, 2014

Don't bother

She's a total mindless twit....there's nothing even remotely interesting about her or this show. And that boyfriend of hers....what a narcissist! Gi... Continue reading

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What's the story?

CHASING MARIA MENOUNOS is a reality series starring Extra! host Maria Menounos as she lives her life on and off camera. The former beauty queen, author, and Dancing With The Stars contestant lives with her boyfriend Kevin Undergaro, and her conservative Greek parents, Costas and Litsa. Adding to the fray is Maria's security guard and live-in family friend Joe, and Maria's best friend Rachel. From balancing her career obligations to dealing with her parents' endless pressuring to get married and have children, Maria is trying to manage the strain of it all with grace and humor.

Is it any good?

Chasing Maria Menounos, which is produced by Menounos, highlights the challenges that she faces when trying to balance a demanding career and a family life. This is further emphasized by the TV host's strong work ethic, which is driven by her parents' experiences as struggling Greek immigrants when they arrived in the United States.  

The endless conversations about getting married and having a baby, which is driven primarily by Costas, quickly gets tiresome. Kevin's constant reminders that he "gave up" his filmmaking aspirations to support Maria during their 15-year relationship also gets old rather fast, too. But it also shows how central family is in her life, and how she wouldn't be able to get by without them.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reality shows. Why do celebrities appear on them? To add to their fame? To help them promote themselves or their projects? What is it that makes them or their families interesting enough for TV? Is there anything that celebrities should not talk about on a reality show, even if it's entertaining? 

  • Did you know that Maria Menounos produced this show herself? Why do you think she would want to do that? What would your reality show be like?

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