Hollywood Cycle

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Image-driven cycling-studio reality sends wrong messages.

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Positive Messages

Exercise is more about image than health or fitness. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Instructors are competitive, obnoxious, full of themselves.


Lots of arguing; some pushing, shoving.


Strong innuendo, promiscuity. Pole dancing, skimpy outfits, blurred nudity.


"Pissed," "ass," "bitch"; stronger curses bleeped.


It's a promotional vehicle for Cycle House. Gym at Hayden and other LA-area venues also shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne, wine, shots, cocktails. Drunken behavior.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hollywood Cycle is a reality show featuring the staff of Cycle House, a boutique cycling studio in Los Angeles. There's lots of immature, argumentative behavior, some sexuality (promiscuity, revealing outfits, blurred nudity), and on occasion some pushing and shoving. There's also lots of salty vocab ("bitch," "piss," "ass"), bleeped curses, and drinking (wine, champagne, shots). The overall series promotes the studio as well as other LA-cycling venues.

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What's the story?

HOLLYWOOD CYCLE is a reality series about a boutique West Hollywood cycling studio and trainers who work there. It stars actress and trainer Nichelle Hines, the lead instructor or "chief ride officer" of Cycle House, which is known for its high-energy workouts and high-profile Hollywood clientele. Joining her team is her brother Aaron, the studio's womanizing director of training, and Nick Hounslow, a model and trainer to the stars. But as the owners, Adam and Lara Gillman, expand the business, they bring in new instructor trainees, including Shannon, Chad, and Sarafina, in hopes of preparing them to join the team. Though some enjoy the new talent, Nichelle seems to be threatened by their presence.

Is it any good?

The series offers a voyeuristic peek into the culture of a boutique cycling studio, the priorities of which appear to be more about image than health. It's also a major promotional vehicle for Cycle House, which is made more evident by the endless conversations about how great it is and who its celeb clients are.

There's lots of drama, thanks to illicit relationships, jealousy, and competitive behavior. Throughout it all, exercise and fitness are equated to looking good and fitting into a revealing outfit both on and off the bike. It's not the most positive combination, but it certainly makes for the typical sensational reality fare.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about health and fitness. How does exercise make you healthier? What are some of the other benefits?

  •  What kinds of messages does this series send about the way people's bodies should look when they exercise?

TV details

  • Premiere date: July 7, 2015
  • Network: E!
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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