What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- which features a group of young urban professional women living in downtown New York City -- focuses on dating, relationships, and sex. The main cast member is a relationship blogger for Glamour.com, and the show contains some strong sexual innuendo, moderately strong language (“hell,” “damn”; words like “s--t” and “f--k” are bleeped), and lots of drinking (champagne, wine, beer, cocktails). Logos for Apple, and Nikki Lauren Boutique are visible.
What's the story?
DOWNTOWN GIRLS is a reality series that chronicles the lives of a group of trendy young women living in downtown New York. It features Shallon Lester, a relationship blogger for Glamour.com who writes about relationships, sex, and friendship. Helping her explore some of these issues are her roommates, Nikki, a fashion boutique owner, and Victoria, a law school graduate. Her soon-to-be-married best friend Klo is always there to give her support and advice. Meanwhile Gurj, a digital music marketer, is on hand to offer a voice of reason. Together they share the highs and lows of being part of the young urban professional scene in lower Manhattan.
Is it any good?
The show mixes the voyeuristic moments of reality TV with some comedic flair in order to create an experience that is a little reminiscent of the popular Sex and the City series. Unfortunately, the combination isn’t very successful. Shallon’s video blog appearances, as well as her mildly witty narrations of supposedly real-life moments, make the overall show seem like it’s just trying too hard. Some of the women’s behavior doesn’t make them seem very likeable, either.
It's not the best of reality shows, but the series does reveal a strong and supportive friendship between these women. Some viewers may enjoy their endless conversations about relationships and dating, while others may be drawn to the hip and fashionable world that they appear to live in. But like many reality series of this kind, it paints a rather artificial and narcissistic picture of today’s young female professional.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what life is like living and working in a big city. What are some of the challenges? Benefits? Do you think living and working in a major city is always as fashionable as it is depicted on reality shows like this one?
What do you think about these women's preoccupation with dating, relationships, and sex? Is it realistic? What kinds of messages about women and relationships are being expressed?