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Daisy of Love
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 this Rock of Love spin-off features all of the raunchy behavior viewers have come to expect from these over-the-top "dating" reality shows, including fighting, strong sexual innuendo, and excessive drinking. You can also expect lots of strong language (words like "bitch" and "ass" are audible, while curses like "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped) and endless sexist references. Teens may be drawn to the show thanks to its connection to other popular shows like it, but it's really not for kids.
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What's the story?
DAISY OF LOVE is yet another reality show in which a flamboyant dating competition reject looks for a second chance at love. Taking center stage this time is Daisy de la Hoya, a former Rock of Love contestant who's heart was broken when she was unexpectedly booted from the show. Now ready to find love again, she's gathered 20 alpha males in a Hollywood Hills house to see if she can find Mr. Right. Each week, the colorful members of the group of rockers, rebels, and rejects must win tough challenges to get some "quality time" with Daisy and prove their worth. At the end of each episode, the contestant who impresses her the least is asked to leave; the last man standing wins the chance to date Daisy -- and hopefully win her heart.
Is it any good?
Like its reality TV predecessors, Daisy of Love perpetuates sexist stereotypes about men, women, and relationships by highlighting -- and sometimes rewarding -- the contestants' obnoxious behavior. Although Daisy slightly challenges this formula by clearly telling the men what she wants and what behavior she won't tolerate (like being called the "b" word), she still comes across as a ditzy blonde wearing sexy clothes designed to attract men. Worse, sidekick (and former Charm School judge) Riki Rachtman acts as her guardian of sorts, attempting to "protect" Daisy and her wounded heart from contestants who may not realize that she's serious about finding love.
The series also features the predictable strong sexual content, excessive drinking, endless arguing, and other over-the-top activities that characterize these kinds of reality shows. Some of the challenges are pretty violent, too. Bottom line? This show offers little more than some indulgent voyeuristic pleasure, and even that is best left for adults.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why they think this type of reality show continues to be popular. Is it more than just a guilty pleasure?
Do you think having men competing for a woman (rather than the other way around) changes the show’s dynamic at all? Does the show undermine or reinforce stereotypes?
Why do you think people agree to participate in shows like this? Is it possible to find real love on a reality show? What other things could motivate someone to appear in such a public forum?