A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series centers on the idea that no matter how much money you have, overspending on yourself, family, and friends can lead to financial ruin. It also focuses on familial love and respect.
Positive Role Models
Doris provides tough love, help, and guidance to straighten out Griffin’s life. Meanwhile, while Griffin isn’t perfect, he loves his family and friends and wants to take care of them -- even though some of them act as though they're entitled to being “kept” by the comedian (this despiote the fact that he's in dire financial straits thanks to spending too much on luxuries for himself and his family and friends).
Violence & Scariness
People are shown getting arrested for non-violent offenses, like selling things without a permit.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One of Griffin’s uncles is asking him for money to start a pornography video series. Women are shown in skimpy bathing suits and in provocative poses in Griffin’s see-through pool. Some conversations include discussions about having too many children and getting a vasectomy.
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Words like “hell” and “damn” are audible; stronger choices like “f--k” and “s--t” are bleeped, but you can sometimes still tell what's being said.
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Products & Purchases
The show helps promote the "brand" of Eddie Griffin.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People on the show frequently drink champagne, beer, and wine. Griffin smokes cigarettes but is (supposedly) trying to quit. His mother accuses him of being an alcoholic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that much of the focus of this reality show -- in which comedian Eddie Griffin tries to make life changes to help get his finances in order -- is on Griffin's spending habits, which include hosting expensive parties and financially supporting his extended family and network of friends. Although this show is less salacious and more family-focused than some of VH1's other reality series, you can still expect some strong language (words like "damn" and "hell" are audible, while those like "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped) and sexual innuendo (including brief conversations about pornography). People are also shown drinking wine, cocktails, and champagne socially, and Griffin smokes cigarettes (though he says he's trying quit).
Is It Any Good?
The show offers an honest look at some of the ways that celebrities and other wealthy people burn through their money after initial riches and success. Adding an extra level of interest are the loyalty that Griffin shows to his family and his struggle to balance his financial future with his instincts to shower his loved ones with the best that money can buy.
While Griffin's generosity seems genuine, the show's depiction of family isn't always the most positive. The fact that some of Griffin's relatives are so willing to rely solely on his money to realize their own goals makes them seem -- perhaps unwittingly -- greedy and entitled. And some of Griffin's attempts to curb his own negative behaviors -- like hosting flamboyant parties, drinking, and smoking -- seem a bit half-hearted, too. But all that aside, there are definitely real lessons to be learned here.
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