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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Geordie Shore, the popular British adaptation of MTV's Jersey Shore, features all the over-the-top antics of its sister series (endless drinking, promiscuous behavior, swearing, fighting), but due to the differences in U.K. culture and broadcast practices, the content is even stronger than the original. Curious stateside viewers might be interested in the Geordie culture, but what they will find here are mostly stereotypical representations of folks from the Tyneside region of England.
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What's the story?
The British reality import GEORDIE SHORE features a handful of cast members living together for few months in Newcastle-on-Tyne. The housemates, who consider themselves "geordies" (natives of the Tyneside region of North East England), hang out, drink, party, and admire each other's physiques. In exchange for living in their posh house, they occasionally do promotional work for party and promotions executive Anna Parkin. There's never a dull moment thanks to these lads and lassies trying to make the most of the experience any way they can.
Is it any good?
The popular British adaptation of Jersey Shore offers lots of stereotypical characterizations about what it means to be from the Tyneside region North East England. Like the original, it uses these generalizations as a justification for the cast to play up their personalities, and engage over-the-top partying and negative behaviors.
The conversations are sometimes difficult to understand due to the regional dialect. However, the very little of what is said contains any substance outside of talking about drinking, sexual activities, and the importance of wearing self-tanner.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about stereotypes. Is it appropriate for t.v. shows and other media to rely on generalizations about people and/or communities to be entertaining? What are the consequences of doing so? How would the world see people from the Jersey Shore or from Newcastle-on-Tyne if they only had these reality shows to teach them more about these communities?
If you produced a reality TV series about your community, what would it be like? Who will star in it? How will you balance the importance of representing your community well with the need to be interesting and/or entertaining?