College Hill

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Boundary-pushing reality TV for mature audiences.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

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

Positive Messages

Characters accuse one another of being gay.


There is sexual banter throughout, plus simulated sex acts and kissing.


Characters call each other "homo," and one accuses the other of "smelling like scrotum." Curses are bleeped out.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Rampant drinking (as you might expect in a college setting).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that in many episodes of this racy, college-set reality program, sexually explicit acts are described and simulated, curses are routinely bleeped out, and derogatory language is used. Like The Real World, this series focuses on conflict between young adults.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7-year-old Written bylinda ryder April 25, 2009

College Hill Worse Show Ever

College Hill Makes me want to vomit every time I see It. This show is completely pathetic, I don't think it could get any more trifling than it already is... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byAshley Brown May 7, 2010
They be funny

What's the story?

BET's popular reality show follows eight students as they navigate schoolwork and their personal lives while living in fancy digs reminiscent of the homes in MTV's The Real World. Like its relatives The Real World, Temptation Island, and The Surreal Life, College Hill takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes tour of what ensues when eight strangers are picked to live together under the same roof. Along with the requisite temper tantrums, flirting, and jealousy, the producers also provide their audience with heated late-night arguments, spontaneous hook-ups, and secrets spilled while soaking in the hot tub.

Is it any good?

There's a reason why reality TV has become such a phenomenon: It's titillating and just raw enough to keep viewers coming back for more. College Hill is no exception. The characters' strong personalities make for an engrossing half-hour in which themes endemic to the African-American college experience are explored (that alone raises it above the pointless chaos of The Real World). Still, the subject matter and potty talk in each episode definitely isn't fare for younger teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what to expect in college. Do you think this series is an accurate picture of what college will be like? How can students balance relationships, friends, and their studies? How do you go about maintaining boundaries in a communal living situation?

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