Gypsy Sisters

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Gypsy series spin-off has drinking and fights.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Under the guise of exploring a subculture, the series exploits its subjects' dysfunctional lifestyles. Values ascribed to gypsies include a love of fighting, as well as the ability to "forgive and forget." Women's roles are described as housekeepers, childrearers, and attractive mates. That said, the importance of family and being proud of your identity are also major themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The women are close and loyal to each other, but Mellie makes dangerous and unhealthy choices. The women dress provocatively, drink heavily, get into brawls, and dress their kids in sexy clothes and accessories.

Violence

Brawls between the women are frequent. They proudly declare that they have bad tempers and aggressive personalities; one cast member has received jail time for fighting. The mother of two cast members is an ex-convict; the son of one of the women is serving time in juvenile detention. Threats of violence, including killing, are sometimes heard.

Sex

Lots of conversations about Mellie's stripping career including scenes of her pole dancing at a strip club and undressing in public settings (with nudity blurred), etc. Some of the clothes the women wear are extremely short, tight, and revealing; women are often shown wearing decorated bras as part of their outfits. A bachelorette party leads to lots of sexual innuendo. Pregnancy is discussed.

Language

Words like "pissed," "bitch," "hell," "ass," and "whore" are frequently audible; curses like "s--t," "f--k," and "c--t" are bleeped.

Consumerism

Apple iPhones are frequently visible. Walgreens, Twizzlers, and local venues, including restaurants and strip clubs, are also visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Gypsy women aren't supposed to drink, but the show contains some scenes of wild drunken behavior, including throwing up from drinking too much. Champagne, cocktails, and hard liquor are visible. One cast member is an alcoholic; one of  the women's sons is a recovering drug addict. Cigarette smoking is also visible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gypsy Sisters has more mature content than its sister series. It features lots of wild behavior, including plenty of strong language, all-out brawls between women, and scenes of pole dancing (with nudity blurred). Drinking is excessive, to the point of throwing up. Addiction, criminal behavior, incarceration, child abandonment, and other difficult issues are discussed.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bycreativephilanthrope March 25, 2013

Not good for kids. Questionable for mid twenties & up.

Glamorizes a seedy lifestyle of that, at best, is superficial. At worst, it normalizes arguing, fighting, cursing, striping, tattooing, judging others, drinkin... Continue reading
Adult Written byjalg March 3, 2013

This show will fry your brain.

These women are trashy, rude and self consumed. Mellie is an AWFUL person!! They contribute nothing to society, they're not intelligent and cannot even tal... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byLeMeACatLover March 8, 2013

Those losers aren't even Gyspies

Lots of drinking and poor stereotypes.
Kid, 11 years old February 26, 2013

Television Trash Must Be TLC's Goal

This show is a prime example of how trashy TLC has gotten. There are horrible messages and the show is just a disgusting piece of trash that should be cancelled...

What's the story?

GYPSY SISTERS, a spin-off of the series My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding, follows a group of close-knit gypsy women from Martinsburg, West Virginia. Leading the show is matriarch Nettie Stanley, plus her troubled younger sister Mellie, their cousin Kayla, and Nettie's best friend, Laura. As the women pour motor oil on themselves to tan, go on road wild trips, spray-tan their little girls, and bling up outfits, they also cope with some difficult family issues, including incarcerated family members and substance abuse. Throughout it all, small details about their gypsy heritage and traditions are revealed.

Is it any good?

Gypsy Sisters offers limited insight into the Romani Gypsy culture, but most of the focus is on the wild antics these particular women engage in, as well as some of family conflicts that exist within the clan. A lot of the drama revolves around the very troubled Mellie, whose wild behavior and excessive drinking seem to be how she copes with her strained relationship with her mother, who was incarcerated for bank fraud after being featured on America's Most Wanted.

There are many troubling moments in the show, especially when Mellie is so intoxicated that reality camera crews have to step into the scene in order to handle the situation. Some viewers will have issues with the choices the women make for their children when it comes to dressing, dating, and marriage, too. But fans of the Gypsy franchise won't be disappointed with the outrageous behavior found here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about American Gypsy and Traveller communities. How does the media portray the members of these communities? Do reality shows like this one offer accurate portrayals of them, or are they based on stereotypes?

  • If you or someone you know has a drinking and/or substance abuse problem, what kinds of things can be done to help? Teens: Is there an adult family member or teacher in school you can talk to? Parents: What are some of the ways you can address these issues with your family?

  • Do you think Mellie should be on reality TV? When does reality TV become exploitation?

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