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Chrisley Knows Best

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Rich-family reality show has language, sexual references.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Focuses on the idea that wealthy families have problems similar to families who have less money. The importance of family is a major theme. 

Positive role models

Todd Chrisley is blunt and controlling, but he's a loving husband and father who establishes boundaries and expects the children living in his home to follow his rules. 

Violence

Arguments are common among the siblings. Todd is shown throwing his son's computer into the pool as punishment for using it inappropriately. He spends time with his son-in-law at a gun range. 

Sex

Lots of sexual innuendo, as well as references to dressing like a stripper and watching porn. When a daughter gets a breast augmentation, she's presented with a cake shaped like large breasts. A son is punished for having an affair with a married woman; a child is born out of wedlock.

Language

Words such as "damn," "ass," "hell," and "bitch" are audible. Curses such as "s--t" are bleeped. 

Consumerism

The series is a promotional vehicle for the Chrisley & Company brand. High-end fashion labels such as Gucci; car makes such as Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac,  and Range Rover; and Apple products are visible. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Alcohol (wine, champagne, cocktails) is consumed during meals and social events. Some of Chrisley's teenage kids get in trouble for smoking cigarettes. Occasionally semi-humorous comments are made about taking medications to cope. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the humorously voyeuristic reality series Chrisley Knows Best contains some strong language, references to breasts and genitals, and some mild arguing among family members. Guns are visible at ranges, and adults drink alcohol at meals and social events. The show touches on some mature themes, including child-raising techniques, inappropriate relationships, and having children out of wedlock.  

What's the story?

CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST is a reality series featuring Atlanta-based real estate mogul Todd Chrisley as he embarks on a new career while keeping a tight reign on his household. The flamboyant self-made multimillionaire is taking his love of fashion from his color-coded walk-in closet to new heights by building his brand, Chrisley & Company, and going forward with plans to open a posh department store he hopes will become the "Bergdorfs of the South." While working hard to realize his dream, he spends much of his time keeping close tabs on his five children, including 24-year-old Lindsie (a wife and mother), 22-year-old Kyle, 17-year-old Chase, 16-year-old Savannah, and 7-year-old Grayson. From his desire to personally manage the future store to monitoring his kids' whereabouts every moment of the day, Todd does everything he can to have complete control of his world. Luckily for everyone, his wife Julie does what she can to keep him in check.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Chrisley Knows Best offers a funny, voyeuristic look into the lives of a family that, despite having money, still has its share of problems. Todd Chrisley's eccentric personality and blunt comments make for some funny moments, but some viewers may be a bit uncomfortable with the lengths he goes to control his children, which include hiring professionals to track their cars and online activity, putting boots on their cars when they break curfews, and throwing their personal computers into the pool when they use them for inappropriate activities. 

Despite Todd's flair for the dramatic, he and his wife are loving parents. Much of what he does is designed to teach his children about respect, responsibility, and facing the consequences of their actions, despite the fact that they live a life of privilege. Although these aren't bad things, you can't help but wonder if some of his antics are being played up for the sake of the cameras. Nonetheless, the series sends the message that wealthy families deal with many of the same kinds of problems that families with less money face every day. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it's like to be from a wealthy family. Do you believe families with money have less problems than families who don't? Or is this a stereotype? Do TV shows like this one support or challenge this generalization? 

  • Is it appropriate for parents to monitor their kids' private online behavior? Why, or why not? What other ways can parents teach their kids to use the Internet responsibly?  

TV details

Premiere date:March 11, 2014
Cast:Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley
Network:USA
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:NR

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Parent Written byHazelmong April 12, 2014

Best guilty pleasure

I think they are a very loving family and I really get a lot of laughs from all of them. Todd and Julie balance out each other so well. They are all different personalities but blend together so well. It is obvious he loves his family soooo much. Would never watch kardashians but love this show....
What other families should know
Great messages
Parent Written bysistertosister March 18, 2014

Chrisley most certainly does not know best

I watched this show, or I should say attempted to watch this show, out of complete curiousity. I was appauled at the arrogance and lack of respect from this family. I did not notice this with the mother, however the father and his children have filthy mouths and a comlete sense of entitlement. I turned it off after their 1st grader was asking to go to Hooters and see "hot girls". That was it for me. Yes, I know, if I don't like it don't watch it, right? Well, that's right, I won't be watching it. The problem is that so many children in our society don't have parents that will stop them from watching these types of programs and then wonder why the kids today are acting like what they are exposed to on tv. In my opinion the only truly safe network to let your children be exposed to anymore is the Hallmark Channel. At least they have good, clean shows with morals you would be proud of your children to possess. Sadly, the Chrisleys don't seem to possess anything I would want for myself or my children. If they do maybe they could step it up and be a positive example to the children and families that will be watching them.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 17 year old Written byrealityrules May 4, 2014

Southern Soul

The humor is great. The diversity education value is priceless.

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