Hot GRITS

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Down South reality full of drinking, drama, stereotypes.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Stereotypes about southerners are consistently referenced. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some supportive friendships exist among some of the women.

Violence

Argumentative behavior, pushing, shoving, and throwing stuff. Knives, rifles visible. References to abusive behavior in a relationship.

Sex

Kissing and lewd dancing visible. Women in bikinis, skimpy outfits. References to prostitution. 

Language

"Hell," "damn," "ass," "bitch," douche bag"; "s--t," "f--k" bleeped. "Redneck" frequently used. 

Consumerism

Mercedes-Benz logo. Music by various country music artists featured. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne, vodka, cocktails, wine, beer, moonshine frequently consumed. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hot GRITS is a reality show about a group of 20-something "Girls Raised In The South" and their day-to-day lives in Georgia. It's standard reality fare that includes lots of drinking (wine, cocktails, beer, moonshine), strong vocabulary ("ass," "hell," "bitch") plus bleeped swearing, and sexual innuendo. There's endless arguing among the women featured and stereotyping, too. Guns and knives appear at times. The show occasionally shows strong friendships, but it's short on substance.

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What's the story?

HOT GRITS is a reality series about a group of girls living in Valdosta, Georgia, looking for innovative ways to have fun. Each of the GRITS, or "Girls Raised In The South," embraces her southern heritage but does so with her own unique flair. Whereas women such as Ratchet, Jenna, and Bear (no last names here) like being country girls, folks such as Sarah, Haley, and Emily believe they're city women trapped in a rural life. Meanwhile, Jennifer's just trying to keep it real while preparing to be a new mom. From watermelon-eating competitions and barbecuing raccoon to socializing at a Chinese restaurant-slash-dance club, the women live it up in their hometown the best way they know how.  

Is it any good?

As with many of VH1's unscripted shows, most of Hot GRITS highlights the interactions between a cast of regular folks who drink, argue, and share their relationship problems for the sake of entertainment. Although this crew's behavior doesn't quite meet Buckwild standards, there are enough silly escapades and stereotyping to make it a questionable representation of the South. 

Amid the chaos are a few surprising occasions that reveal strong, empowered women and supportive friendships. But these moments are hard to hold onto thanks to the endless simple and obviously artificial story lines designed to create conflict. It's the kind of series that shows a glimmer of potential but only manages to leaves you with an empty voyeuristic experience. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reality shows about people from specific areas of the country. How do you think stereotypes play a role in how these shows play out?

  • Families also can talk about friendship. What keeps these girls together? Why do they remain friends?

TV details

  • Premiere date: March 25, 2015
  • Network: VH1
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming

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