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 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.
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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