Holly's World

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Former Playmate lives it up in Vegas; not for kids.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Like Madison's previous series, Girls Next Door, the show buys into the sexual objectification of women. That said, it also supports Madison's desire to build a life independent of Playboy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

None of the featured cast members are "bad" people, but they do like to party and aren't exactly poster children for moderation or responsibility -- though Madison is a businesswoman who's in control of her own career.


Holly’s friends occasionally get into screaming matches. Some yelling and shoving during bar fights.


Women wear skimpy bikinis and other revealing clothes. Occasional nudity (bare breasts, butts) is blurred. Holly stars in a burlesque show and is shown being photographed for a sexy calendar. In one episode, Holly’s friends are shown drinking shots off of her body.


Words like “bitch” and “ass” are audible; curses like “s--t” and “f--k” are bleeped, as are slurs like “fag---t."


Brand logos like Bebe and Apple are visible. Holly’s burlesque show, Peep Show, is frequently discussed.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frequent drinking (champagne, martinis, mixed drinks) -- generally by adults, although one cast member is shown drinking a few weeks before her 21st birthday. Drunken bar patrons sometimes get nasty toward cast members.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series -- which follows former Playboy Playmate/Girls Next Door star Holly Madison as she pursues her entertainment/modeling career in Las Vegas -- includes lots of drinking (champagne, tequila shots, mixed drinks), partying, and occasional wild behavior. Words like “bitch” and “ass” are audible, while curses like “s--t” and “f--k” are bleeped. Occasional nudity (bare breasts, buttocks) is blurred, but there are plenty of unblurred shots of women in skimpy outfits. Arguments among Madison's friends sometimes lead to screaming and yelling, and bar altercations sometimes involve shoving.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5, 8, 12, 14, 16, and 17-year-old Written byMissBridgette July 3, 2010

Shallow show, not recommended for kids under 16

The women on this show wear really skimpy outfits, tiny bikini's that flatter their new boob jobs. It's not okay for younger children, and really I wo... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byLopez554 September 19, 2010

Fine for anybody.

I love this show. Though they're not the greatest people for younger kids to role model, older kids might find that the show is fun to watch.

What's the story?

HOLLY’S WORLD follows former Girls Next Door cast member/Hugh Hefner girlfriend Holly Madison as she branches out and enjoys her new career in Las Vegas. The former Playboy mansion resident has traded in her ears and tail for the starring role in a popular Sin City burlesque revue called Peep Show. When she’s not busy performing or continuing her modeling career, she hangs out with her friends -- including co-star Josh Strickland, roommate Laura Croft, and assistant/best friend Angel Porrino.

Is it any good?

Like Kendra, HOLLY's WORLD offers viewers a voyeuristic look at former Playmates' post-Playboy life. Here, that includes managing Madison's modeling career while performing regularly on the Vegas strip. Interestingly, much of the show's drama centers on Madison's friends, whose zany and sometimes over-the-top antics make the model seem rather well balanced in comparison.

Viewers might be disappointed by the lack of connection between Madison’s new life and the one she led while living in the Playboy Mansion, but the show still offers some hedonistic fun. Expect lots of drinking and partying, as well as endless images of the reality star posing in bikinis and other revealing clothing. Viewers who like this sort of thing will probably take (guilty) pleasure in watching it. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reality shows. Why do celebrities participate in shows about their daily lives? Is it just to cash in on their popularity, or is there something more to it?

  • Does someone have to be famous to have their own reality show, or do people become famous because of reality shows?

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