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 this series -- in which Joan Rivers and a panel of fashion-conscience celebs and stylists critique celebrity fashion choices -- is steeped in Rivers' unique brand of comedy, which includes lots of strong language (“bitch,” “ass,” “damn,” “whore," etc.), some strong (and sometimes crude) sexual innuendo, and references to drug use. Some of Rivers’ comments cross the line from being funny to being mean -- but by now, that's pretty much what we expect from her. High-end clothing brands and designers (Carolina Herrera, Prada, Donna Karan, etc.) are frequently mentioned.
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What's the story?
In FASHION POLICE, comedienne Joan Rivers uses her trademark humor and off-color commentary to critique celebrities' fashion choices. The host shares the spotlight with E! news anchor Giuliana Rancic, singer/former Dancing With the Stars contestant Kelly Osbourne, and stylist George Kotsiopoulos. Together they dish about who they think are the best and worst dressed stars of week. Special award show editions of the series highlight the dressiest -- and the messiest -- outfits to grace the red carpet.
Is it any good?
This tabloid/talk show series mixes fashion with humor as the co-hosts share their thoughts about what they think looks good, bad, and just plain awful on well-known celebrities. The panel also highlights some of today’s biggest fashion trends.
There are definitely some funny moments, but Rivers’ unapologetically biting wit sometimes yields comments that cross the line from being funny to being unkind. Meanwhile, remarks about how much better celebs look when they're skinny also send some iffy messages. Overall, Fashion Police isn’t for everyone, but kolks who like keeping up with the latest celebrity style trends will enjoy watching.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about fashion. What makes something fashionable? Who decides what's fashionable and what isn’t? Do you think celebrities are under pressure to look fashionable at all times?
Shows like this one underscore the size of celebrities’ bodies and how their weight impacts the way they look in their clothes. What kind of messages does this send? How does this make you feel?
Parents: What can you do to help your kids develop a healthy body image despite what they see and hear in the media?