Friends to Lovers?

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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BFFs try to move beyond friend zone in fluffy reality show.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Underscores the challenges of transitioning from friendships to romantic relationships. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some of the pairs remain friends, others do not. 

Violence

Arguments range from mild bickering to nasty insults. 

Sex

Strong sexual innuendo; some references to genitals. 

Language

"Crap," "hell"; stronger language bleeped. 

not present
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of social drinking (wine, cocktails, champagne). 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Friends to Lovers? is a reality series about five sets of best friends who choose to see what happens when they take their relationships to the next level. There's some sexual innuendo as the couples navigate new romantic territory, plus lots of drinking (wine, cocktails, champagne), and a little rough language ("crap," "hell"; bleeped curses). However, although it's clearly not as unscripted as producers would like you to believe, the show's unique concept is pretty entertaining and features people who care about each other whether or not they make the leap from friends to lovers. 

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What's the story?

FRIENDS TO LOVERS? is a reality show starring five sets of best friends attempting to transition from the friend zone to lovers' lane. It features duos from New York to Hollywood who have been best friends for years but are risking it all to by taking their relationships to the next level. Making the move isn't easy, and each couple must face its own unique set of challenges, ranging from trying to communicate better to infidelity. Some couples are able to make it work, but others are left wondering if they've lost their besties forever. 

Is it any good?

The series does a nice job of showcasing the awkwardness that can result from two friends trying to figure out how to move their relationship in a new direction. Although some of the interactions appear heartfelt and genuine, much of the humor comes from watching them pretend to not know each other as well as they do. 

Many conversations appear staged for the cameras, and some arguments between couples make you wonder why they were friends in the first place. Others just seem to have very different ideas about what being in a relationship means and find they're better off staying buddies. If you're looking for some mild, low-commitment reality entertainment, this ought to fit the bill. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reality shows. Why do people allow usually private or intimate moments to be featured on TV? 

  • What do you think the difference is between friendship and romantic love? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: January 12, 2015
  • Network: Bravo
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14

For kids who love reality romance

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