A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While there aren't a ton of take-aways, there's an overarching emphasis on fame and playing the Hollywood game -- and changing some things about your appearance to help you succeed.
Positive Role Models
Hamlin and Rinna are likable and seem to be good parents, but Rinna in particular sends her young daughters mixed messages when it comes to plastic surgery and the importance of outward appearances.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Low-level sexual innuendo and kissing (between married folks), plus use of words like "hot."
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Bleeped but infrequent use of words like "s--t" and "f--k," plus audibles like "damn."
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Products & Purchases
The show plugs the couple's books and other projects and is a not-so-thinly-veiled attempt to revive their careers.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, despite some bleeped but infrequent swearing ("s--t" and "f--k"), this "celebreality" series downplays sex in the context of these characters' lives and steers clear of on-camera arguments and drinking. (A good thing, considering the couple's young daughters, aged 11 and 8, often appear on camera.) The series also sends some mixed messages when it comes to plastic surgery and the importance of looking good.
Is It Any Good?
The last thing the world needs is another reality show about a celebrity couple. But as far as Hollywood couples who have their own reality series go, Hamlin and Rinna are at least refreshingly honest about their intentions: They're using the show to try to rejuvenate their flagging careers. Both had brief moments of national exposure thanks to Dancing with the Stars, but neither is as famous as they used to be -- or apparently want to be.
That doesn't make Harry Loves Lisa a best of breed by any means, but it's a generally harmless look at what it's like to try and reinvent yourself in a here today, gone tomorrow entertainment industry. At times, the concept feels forced. But when you think about it, the fact that you're watching a reality show about a celebrity couple that's using a reality show to fuel their celebrity is surprisingly -- and frighteningly -- real.
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