A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Words like "bitch," "crap," and "ass" audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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