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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Coolio claims to have given up the partying life of a successful gangsta rapper and is taking advantage of his chance to be a hands-on father to his almost-adult children. His approach isn't perfect, but he clearly loves his kids and wants a family life with them. He demands that his daughter's dates be respectful. Some of Coolio's rules are designed to set boundaries and teach his kids a work ethic; the kids don't always respect them. Occasional references to his past relationships and his divorce. Some sexist references.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional arguments between Coolio and his kids, especially between father and son. Occasional references to Coolio's music, which is notorious for violent lyrics, but nothing violent is really heard.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of sexual innuendo, including references to Coolio's past as a ladies' man. Coolio discusses his personal dating and relationship needs, often using terms like "hot-ass women" and arguing that good cooking will make a "woman's panties come right off." Occasional conversations about teen dating issues; one of Coolio's rules is that his children are/were not allowed to date until they're 16.
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Audible language includes words like "bitch," "ass," "hell," and "damn." Stronger curse words like "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped. Coolio occasionally curses in front of his kids, usually when he gets frustrated.
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Products & Purchases
Occasional clips from Coolio's music, music videos, and concerts.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Visible alcohol consumption (wine, beer, mixed drinks).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series follows Grammy-winning rapper Coolio as he attempts to build a family life with his nearly grown children. While his approach to parenting isn't always the best, he loves his kids and tries to instill some positive values in them. The show's list of iffy stuff includes strong language (words like "bitch" and "ass" are audible; "f--k" and its ilk are bleeped), sexual innuendo, and sexist references. Coolio sometimes discusses his past life as a partying womanizer, and some episodes feature family arguments, especially between Coolio and his son.
Is It Any Good?
The show is full of both amusing and poignant moments as Coolio and his kids try to negotiate the boundaries of their relationship. The rapper finds himself coping with a messy house, teen dating, and his daughters' underhanded attempts to set him up on blind dates with women they approve of. Meanwhile, Artis tests his dad's patience by refusing to accept any of advice about growing up and going into the music industry. And, like any parent, Coolio experiences the frustration that comes with discovering that his kids don't always follow his rules -- and the disappointment that comes with learning that his kids' priorities don't necessarily match his own.
Coolio's communication style may not always be the smoothest or most appropriate (as when he tells his son that good cooking will lead to "a woman's panties coming off"), but he loves his kids and, in his own way, tries to teach them responsibility and instill a good work ethic. But the show has its fair share of strong language, and some of the kids' behavior -- like throwing parties at the house when expressly told not to -- doesn't always set the best example. But when all is said and done, there are some positive messages here about family. It's a little strong for tweens, but teens should be able to handle it.
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