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 Famous in Love is a dramatic series about a young woman learning to navigate Hollywood. It will appeal to teens but contains lots of mature content. There's strong sexual innuendo, including steamy scenes with men and women in partial undress (no nudity), crude references, and other inappropriate actions. There are lots of threats of violence and arguments, as well as some strong language. There's also plenty of drinking and partying, as well as references to being in rehab. Some characters have a moral center, but others are narcissistic, troubled, and overall not very nice.
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What's the story?
Based on the novel of the same name, FAMOUS IN LOVE is a dramatic series about a young woman who must learn how to live as a Hollywood A-lister after landing a major movie role. College student Paige Townsen (Bella Thorne) spends her time studying economics and hanging out with roommates Georgia (Cassandra Perkins) and Jake (Charlie De Pew). But her life changes after a random audition leads to a major role in a blockbuster film opposite heartthrob co-star Rainer Devon (Carter Jenkins) and his rival, Jordan Wilder (Keith Powers). As Paige's public profile grows, her life becomes increasingly complicated, and she attempts to balance celebrity with school and tries to figure out whether she has stronger romantic feelings for Rainer or Jake. Meanwhile, she's surrounded by other A-listers such as Tangey Turner (Pepi Sonuga), bitter starlets such as Alexis Glenn (Niki Koss), complicated love triangles, and shrewd producers such as Rainer's mother, Nina Devon (Perrey Reeves).
Is it any good?
This Tinseltown-set soap opera has fun showing the joys and repercussions of Paige's overnight stardom, with a lot of romantic drama that can be a bit much. Some of the relationships in these romantic subplots are predictable, while others are so random and underdeveloped that you can't help but feel that they're simply thrown in to provide some gratuitous risqué entertainment.
Famous in Love spends most of its time showcasing the narcissistic behavior showbiz is known for. Nonetheless, some viewers will delight in the romanticized "Hollywood dream come true" narrative, even if it doesn't always lead to positive things. But despite all the bright lights, this series soon loses its luster.
Talk to your kids about ...
Do you think it is really possible to get "discovered" in Hollywood today? If so, how? Can you think of any celebrities who were suddenly catapulted into the limelight like Paige is in Famous in Love?
What kind of impact does showing lots of sexy scenes have on the people who watch the show? At what age is it appropriate for viewers to watch this kind of material?
Famous in Love shows how fame can be both glamorous and difficult. Is this portrayal of celebrity realistic? Or does it make celebrity life look over the top to make it more entertaining?