Harry Loves Lisa

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Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Celeb couple mixes career and family in tame reality show.

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Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.


Low-level sexual innuendo and kissing (between married folks), plus use of words like "hot."


Bleeped but infrequent use of words like "s--t" and "f--k," plus audibles like "damn."


The show plugs the couple's books and other projects and is a not-so-thinly-veiled attempt to revive their careers.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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Kid, 10 years old November 23, 2012


i think everyone should play this game

What's the story?

In HARRY LOVES LISA, married TV stars Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna -- best known for their work on L.A. Law and Days of Our Lives and, more recently, Dancing with the Stars -- let the cameras roll while they balance reviving their careers with raising their daughters Delilah, 11, and Amelia, 8. Both are actively trying to reinvent themselves as entertainers and "get back in the game." But that isn't always easy in Hollywood, where fame can be fleeting.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about celebrity culture and the trend of famous people sharing their "real" selves with the world. How much of what you're seeing feels real as opposed to forced or staged?

  • Why would Hamlin and Rinna agree to star in their own reality show? How do you feel about their daughters being involved?

  • How does this reality series compare with other shows about stars' private lives?

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