Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Beauty pageant spin-off is comical and crass.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 40 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

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 & representations

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

Images of dead armadillos on the road.

Sex

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.

Language

Words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped. Crude bathroom humor is frequent.

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Beer drinking at festivals and other activities.

What 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.

User Reviews

Parent of a 3, 9, and 11 year old Written byhomeofplay February 13, 2014

Terrible!

Honestly, I have never seen this show, but what I have heard tells me enough. The mom likes swearing in front of her SIX year old! The children aren't heal...
Educator and Parent of a 6 and 11 year old Written byconnielove93 August 13, 2012

Disgusting TV garbage

WOW, CSM. How could this get 3 stars??? This show is TV trash for anyone!! There is no excuse for letting your child watch this. There are more educational and...
Kid, 12 years old November 7, 2014

Innapropriate

Lots of cussing, and lots of consumerism. Some sexual stuff.
Kid, 12 years old July 15, 2014

Kids under 10 won't get it

Sex - references to buttholes, poop, and more. Language - Fuck and shit are bleeped. The family swears WAY to much. Consumerism - June has an enormous stockpil...

What's the story?

HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO, a Toddlers & Tiaras reality spin-off, features the colorful Thompson family as they enjoy summer life in Southern Georgia while working hard to help the youngest daughter's efforts to become a successful beauty queen. It features 6-year-old Alana Thompson, a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo Child, whose amusing but unpolished performances has led to a string of losses on the pageant circuit. But there to support her and help her be successful is June "Mama" Thompson, her dad "Sugar Bear," and her teenage sisters, Anna "Chickadee," Jessica "Chubbs," and 12-year old Lauryn "Pumpkin." From mud belly flopping in the Redneck Games to perfecting arm pit noises, this clan creates their own brand of fun. But in the end, they are proud of who they are and are always there for each other.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about stereotypes. Why do people use stereotypical terms to define themselves? What are some ways the media perpetuate stereotypes? What can we do to diffuse them

  • Why do you think the Thompson family agreed to appear on a reality show? Is it fame? To promote Alana's pageant career? Money? Do you think they behave the way they do on camera in real life?

TV details

For kids who love reality shows

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