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Flesh-peddling reality show features shocking, graphic sex.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Legally speaking, what the gigolos do isn't considered prostitution because money changes hands at the start of a date -- long before any agreed-upon sexual activity takes place. But it's an incredibly fine, blurry line. That said, the show doesn't completely glorify the gigolo lifestyle, allowing characters to freely express their reservations about selling their bodies to make a living.

Positive role models

No matter how the law sees it, these men are male prostitutes. But more than half of them express at least some level of reservation about the way they make a living. One bluntly describes it as "a way to survive," while another is trying to launch a business that would eventually help him transition out of the profession.

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Characters have sex on camera, sometimes with multiple partners, several times per episode. Breasts, buttocks, vaginas, and penises are visible, but viewers don't see any penetration or oral contact with these body parts. One episode involves a foursome with four of the men and a female client; another involves a client with an S&M fetish and a device called a "c--k cage," etc.


Bedroom talk is salty and uncensored. Unbleeped swearing includes "f--k" and "s--t," plus words like "c--k," "t-ts," and "p---y."


A subplot involves one of the guys trying to launch his own line of anti-aging supplements that he calls "Ageless Nutraceuticals."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The guys are frequently shown drinking in bars or at a client site, mostly to loosen up ... but sometimes to steel themselves for the work to come.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an uncensored reality show about the lives of five male escorts living and working in Las Vegas. The subject matter alone is enough to propel the series into "off" territory for teens. But the show's visuals are even more shocking, with graphic depictions of real sex (minus pornography-level shots of penetration or oral contact with sensitive body parts) and unblurred shots of bare breasts and male and female genitalia. The language is frank and unbleeped and includes audible words like "f--k," "c--k," and "p---y" (which are often used in the process of sexual intercourse). There's also some social drinking before, during, and after dates with clients.

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What's the story?

The Showtime reality series GIGOLOS centers on five male escorts living and working in Las Vegas. Nick and Jimmy worked together as exotic dancers before branching out into professional \"entertaining,\" Steven got into the business through modeling and is also the father of a 5-year-old son, Brace is an industry veteran who's seen it all, and Vin is an eager new recruit. Together, they take on clients of every shape, size, and sexual fetish.

Is it any good?


Describing Gigolos as "good television" isn't really accurate. But for adults who can handle its unblinking look at the barely legal sex trade, it is oddly compelling in a sexual train wreck sort of way. Even though the frank talk and graphic visuals might be too much for sensitive viewers (and a few scenes will shock even the most open-minded), by sticking around, you'll get an eye-opening look at human sexuality, self-esteem, and the services that people are willing to pay for in a capitalist society.

Indeed, one of the most uncomfortable plot lines involves a new kind of "date" for the veteran gigolos: a divorcee whose sexual fantasy is to have sex with four men at the same time. But in the process of delivering the foursome that their paying client wants, the guys find themselves openly questioning how far they'll go for money. Brace is fine with it in theory, but once things get going, he's visibly bothered and hides out in the bathroom while his co-workers take care of the client. "To me, it's freaky," he says ruefully. "I feel like I'm on the ... set of a porno, and if I wanted to be in a porno, I'd do porno."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the explicit nature of the show's sex scenes. Do you consider them pornographic or just graphic? What's the difference, and where do you draw the line?

  • What are the consequences of making a living as an escort? As far as you can tell, are the men using protection when they have sex with their clients? What are the health risks of having multiple sexual partners?

  • Are women less likely than men to hire someone for sexual pleasure? What's your opinion of a woman who would pay for male companionship -- and, presumably, sex? Is it more common -- and generally acceptable -- for a man to do it? Is there a double standard?

TV details

Premiere date:April 7, 2011
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:DVD

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Parent Written byRelate-Counselor August 15, 2012

Think outside the societal box

It's definitely for adults only. However, it prompts a lot of good questions for debate for those adults. They are about to start Season 3.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byKittyKelly30 January 2, 2015

Erotica for the NC-17 generation

It is acceptable for people who are age seventeen or above because frontal nudity is nearly 15% of each season and is blurred while rear nudity is slightly higher and is unblurred. The rest of the content kills brain cells instead of activating one's intellect. People who are 17 might find it to be stimulating but when they're much older they will look back on their youth and wish they had not wasted time watching a TV show that was so narrow in its scope of human and sexual expression. Don't show it to anyone who is under the age of 17, especially if your household is traditional and religious. However, if a parent chooses not to allow her children to watch the show even when they are between the ages of 18 and 21, they would be doing the right thing. The show promotes unhealthy ideas about sexuality, and I am not talking about BDSM, role playing, adventure or foreplay. Children should understand that sex between two adults involves a great deal of patience and consideration to be exchanged throughout the process. The show lacks this essential element.
Adult Written bygeorge512 April 19, 2014

Adults Only Not for Kids I have to say.

I Would see this too. I am an Adult. I can see this but no kids. Explicit Sex Scenes and Female Nudity is used too. Also it's in Las Vegas were it's illegal to do it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking