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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Mixed messages here around beauty and appropriate behavior. The family revels in its unsophistication but is also on display to be laughed at. Lots of stereotypical references to rednecks.
Positive Role Models
The family is close and supportive of each other. June is a bit of a stage mother. She is unconventional and unsophisticated, but she supports all her children and sets boundaries. One family member is a pregnant teen.
Violence & Scariness
Images of dead armadillos on the road.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Comical references to being sexy. Lots of butt cracks and bare stomachs are visible. Occasional images of people dancing lewdly (with clothes on). Words like "biscuit" are used to describe female genitals.
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Words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped. Crude bathroom humor is frequent.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer drinking at festivals and other activities.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is a spin-off of Toddlers & Tiaras, and focuses on a child pageant star's unsophisticated family with lots of stereotypical references to "rednecks." It also contains some bleeped cursing ("s--t," f--k") and lots of bathroom humor. There are comical references to being sexy, and a few images of lewd dancing and people drinking beer. The show was pulled off the air after several seasons due to allegations that Mama June was dating a sex offender.
Is It Any Good?
The series highlights the day-to-day lives of a family who has made a name for themselves by being confident in who they are, despite the fact that who they are doesn't usually reflect the standards of the people who participate in beauty pageants. But one has to wonder what drives June's stage mom-like presence, as well as what motivates them to encourage their youngest daughter to participate in something that expects her to behave differently than who she is.
Some folks may not appreciate the endless bathroom jokes and other behaviors, many of which are stereotypically characterized as being "redneck." Others may be troubled by June's insistence on putting her daughter in pageants despite the fact that she does not have the same competitive edge as the other little girls. And there is the problematic issue of watching people's outrageous behavior in order to make fun of them -- not a great message for kids. But for a guilty pleasure, there is definitely entertainment here.
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