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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that DeMarcus Family Rules is a reality series that features Rascal Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus and his family in their home in Nashville, Tennessee. There's some strong sexual innuendo, lots of insults and pranks, cursing (including words like "ass," "pissed," and "s--t"), and drinking (cocktails), as well as some stereotyping of Southern people and traditions. Despite all of this, the show also features positive messages about family.
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What's the story?
Co-executive-produced by Todd Chrisley, DEMARCUS FAMILY RULES is a reality series starring Rascal Flatts' bassist Jay DeMarcus and his wife (and former beauty queen) Allison, enjoying family life. The couple live with their children Madeline and Dylan in their luxury home in Nashville, Tennessee. When Jay is on the road with the country music band, it's up to Allison to keep the family going while working on her own entertainment career. But when he's home, Jay wants to jump in and get back into the swing of things. It isn't easy, especially when Jay wants private time with his wife, and to be more involved with his growing kids. But friends and family, like Allison's parents and older sister Amy (who happens to be married to MuzikMafia's James Otto), are always dropping in, and Allison and the kids' busy schedule never seems to let up. Things are bound to get chaotic, but throughout it all, they are a strong, loving family.
Is it any good?
This standard reality show features a musician and his family living life in front of the cameras to demonstrate how normal they really are. However, the unscripted series often feels a bit scripted, and some cast members often seem to be playing it up for the cameras. But the more candid moments make up for some of this, thanks to the funny comments and unexpected reactions.
There's plenty of Southern charm here, and Rascal Flatts fans may enjoy this glimpse into the private lives of one of their members. But DeMarcus Family Rules isn't particularly innovative, as far as celebrity reality entertainment goes.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the reasons musicians and other celebrities agree to star in a reality show. Do you think the cast DeMarcus Family Rules behaves the same way off camera? Why or why not?
What is the purpose behind this reality series? To entertain audiences? To promote Rascal Flatts? Would you watch a show about your own family?
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