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Ex on the Beach
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 Ex on the Beach is an MTV reality series featuring cast members who confront their exes. It features all the (bleeped) swearing, drinking, sexual innuendo, and fighting (including with some slapping and throwing) these types of shows are well-known for. It doesn't send a great message about healthy relationships and handling personal conflicts, either.
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What's the story?
Adapted from the MTV international series of the same name and hosted by rap star Romeo, EX ON THE BEACH features a group of single reality celebs facing their exes in tropical paradise. Ten former cast members of shows like Are You The One?, Bachelor in Paradise, The Bad Girls Club, and Vanderpump Rules are spending two weeks together in a Hawaiian getaway. They're excited about partying and potentially hooking up with each other; that is, until they learn that they're sharing their vacation time with an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend. In between arguing and reigniting romantic feelings about each other, the ex-couples are sent down to the "Shack of Secrets," where they must face the truth about their previous relationships. To make things more interesting, each week the singles get the chance to vote somebody's former partner off the show.
Is it any good?
This predictably over-the-top reality series attempts to entertain by forcing cast members to confront their former partners and publicly discuss their problems. Not surprisingly, the encounters are often explosive, and made worse when some cast members get intimately involved with others in the house.
There isn't anything to be learned from this behavior, and as a result, the conflict and innuendo quickly get tiresome. But if you're looking for a mindless show that is ripe with endless profanity-laced arguing, boozing, and bikinis, Ex on the Beach won't disappoint.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about people talking about their personal relationships in very public ways. Is this ever appropriate? Who does it hurt?
Was the Ex on the Beach cast really surprised by the appearance of their exes? Do you think the behavior between the former couples is as over-the-top when the cameras are off?