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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Words like "pissed," "bitch," "hell," "ass," and "whore" are frequently audible; curses like "s--t," "f--k," and "c--t" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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