Football Wives

 
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Voyeuristic look at catty women and their wealthy lives.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series highlights some of the social and financial advantages and pitfalls of being the wife of a football player. Women's looks and material wealth is emphasized over other substantive values. Christianity, divorce, and other issues are discussed.

Positive role models

The women often engage in snarky arguments and competitive behavior with each other. Some of the wives view their husband’s fame and finances as part of their own personal success. But the women aren't entirely defined by their partners: Several of the wives work and/or own their own businesses. Many of them have college and/or advanced degrees.

Violence

Catty arguments between the wives are frequent. Threats to punch each other in the face during some of these disagreements. Scenes of tackles and tough football plays on the field.

Sex

Some strong sexual innuendo; the wives occasionally  refer to the frequency of their sexual activity with their husbands. Some provocative dancing around stripper poles. Some of the wives wear skimpy bathing suits and other revealing outfits.

Language

Words like “hell” are audible, while curses like “f--k” and “bulls--t” are fully bleeped.

Consumerism

Logos for high-end clothing and cars like Louis Vuitton and Cadillac are visible. Leonard Davis’ restaurant chain, Smashburger, is also occasionally visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine, champagne, and other alcoholic beverages appear at dinners and at social functions.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reality series is one of many that focus on the relationships and exploits of wealthy women who are connected to famous or rich men. This show features the wives and girlfriends of professional football players, which might attract young football fans, but parents should note that the show contains some strong language (“s--t,” “f--k” are bleeped), catty behavior, and some strong sexual innuendo. Drinking (wine, champagne, cocktails) and high-end brands like Louis Vuitton and Cadillac are frequently visible.

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What's the story?

FOOTBALL WIVES is a reality series that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the benefits and the challenges that come with living with a professional football player. It features Chanita Foster and Dawn Neufeld, the wives of UFL players George Foster and Ryan Neufeld, Melani Ismail, wife of retired NFL player Rocket Ismail, and Brittany Pigrenet, girlfriend of Dallas Cowboy kicker David Buehler. Also in the group is Amanda Davis, wife of D.C. guard Leonard Davis, and Erin McBriar, who is married to Australian-born D.C. punter Matt McBriar. Rounding out the elite gang is football wife and former reality star Pilar Sanders. The women don’t always get along, but when things get rough both on and off the field, they manage to stand by each other.

Is it any good?

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The series showcases some of the advantages that come with living with a professional football player, like owning a million dollar homes, power shopping, and maintaining a high social status in the community. Because football players travel less than other professional athletes, their wives also have the added benefit of spending more time with their husbands at home. But the show underscores some of the very real pressures that a football player’s wife faces, including worrying about a husband’s ability to stay safe during a game, and coping with the serious emotional and financial consequences that result from devastating injuries and/or aging. 

It’s slightly milder than its sister series Basketball Wives, but still contains lots of voyeuristic moments filled with catty arguing, cursing, and strong sexual innuendo. Wealth and materialism are also major themes. Folks who like this sort of thing may find it entertaining enough to tune in. Football fans may be interested in the constant conversations about football and seeing what some of their favorite players are like when they are off the field.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the reasons why these wives are willing to appear on a reality show. What do they seek to gain from their appearance? Do you think shows like this one support or counter stereotypes about professional athletes and/or their partners? Why?

  • What kinds of relationships do these women have with each other? Are they realistic or do you think they are forced for the camera? Do the women support each other or do they compete with each other? How do female friendships work in your family and school?

TV details

Cast:Amanda Davis, Chanita Foster, Pilar Sanders
Network:VH1
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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