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Geordie Shore

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Jersey Shore adaptation with same drinking, sex, swearing.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series offers a stereotypical view of what people from Tyneside are like. The importance of fitting in and doing some work in exchange for something are also minor themes.

Positive role models

The housemates are more interested in partying than anything else, but they respect Anna Parkin and take their job with her seriously.

Violence

Arguments and occasional fist fights break out between the cast and other folks.

Sex

Nudity (usually women's breasts) is blurred. The cast is often shown in their underwear or skimpy bathing suits; their work uniforms are tight, sexy, and show bare male chests, cleavage, and legs. Contains crude references to genitals ("c--k," "t-ts," etc., some of which are bleeped) and descriptions of sexual acts. Men are shown pouring beer down a cast member's breasts and engaging in other acts; cameras show cast members under bedcovers allegedly engaged in sexual behavior (but nothing is actually shown).

Language

Words like "s--t," "f--k," and British curses are frequent, but bleeped. The word "pissed" (meaning drunk) is often heard, too.

Consumerism

Logos for Luis Vuitton, Pringles crisps, Dr. Pepper soda, Evian water, and other items visible. Lots of references are made to Jaegermeister beer.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking (beer, shots, champagne, wine, etc.) is constant; the gang enjoys drinking Jagerbombs (beer or an energy drink combined with hard liquor). Drunken behavior and vomiting is visible.

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

  • Why are things like drinking and sexual activity so prominently featured on some reality shows? Do these series also show the real impact of this behavior?

TV details

Cast:Anna Parkin, James Tindale, Vicky Pattison
Network:MTV
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:NR
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 9 years old August 15, 2013

Why do Geordies act so drunk?

Rubbish TV Show hate it
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byEllen Aged 11 December 9, 2015

PG for 13+

I think 13 year olds can watch this because they are mature enough to watch it and understand everything that they do in this
Teen, 14 years old Written byxRebecca.Px April 3, 2016

Really depends on what the parents think!

Quite a lot of mature things like sex and alcohol and the occasional violence. Gives kids a laugh sometimes a suppose because they argue over such stupid things. Recommend parents watch this first and then decide :)
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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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