A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Partying and socializing are the themes in this show.
Keep an open mind and heart. Treat women respectfully. Don't do stupid things to please people. Speak out when people are disrespectful to others. Be true to yourself. Set goals for yourself. Enjoy being young.
Positive Role Models
Cast members in their teens and early 20s still have contact with their parents, who offer varying degrees of support. A few male cast members have strong mother figures who guide them to stay open-hearted, to avoid doing stupid things, to treat themselves and their female peers with respect.
Most cast members are White; some characters are Black and/or Latino. LGBTQ+ characters stand up against slander.
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Violence & Scariness
A male cast member threatens to beat another guy to a pulp if he looks at his girlfriend.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of kissing, hooking up, conversations about hooking up, scantily clothed females and males. Male hindquarters nudity.
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Frequent use of language. All variations of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "d--k," "bitch," "goddammit" used often.
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Products & Purchases
Living in wealthy surroundings and wearing brand clothing are important to some cast members. Maison Margiela, Vans, Instagram, Snapchat, Tulane University, University of Michigan, Tinder, Red Sox, Yankees.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens and young adults are drinking 80% of the time in this show. Expect underage drunkenness, bad behavior, poor decision-making, peer pressure to drink.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Forever Summer: Hamptons is a reality show meant for older teens and adults. Cast members in their teens and 20s drink to excess with the intention of finding people to hook up with. Though young women have a say in what they want to say and do, there's a lot of emphasis on hooking up and being beautiful. Bare male buttocks are shown in a shower scene. A cast member threatens to "bully" and beat the "f--k" out of a guy because he supposedly checked out his girlfriend. There's frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," and "damn."
Is It Any Good?
Being surrounded by wealth and privilege doesn't seem to provide anything to talk about; even worse, in this show, nothing really happens unless people are soused and do stupid drunken stuff. There's a lot of sniffing around to see if a summer romance, or even a hookup, will manifest in Forever Summer: Hamptons. Drama rises like the tide and subsides when the cast members manage to work stuff out.
The kids who are coming to the Hamptons (to be in this show) while on college break have a different sense of motivation than the kids who live in the tourist town where they grew up, but those class differences aren't really explored. That story line might have been interesting. If this show is meant to illustrate that hanging out on the beach and cruising on boats is fun in the summer, sure, it does that. But being really drunk is a big part of that fun, too. Teen viewers will not find any role models here.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.