Chrisley Knows Best
What parents need to know
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?
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?