House of Carters

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Like Party of Five, only more painful.

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

Positive Messages

The siblings attempt to live together harmoniously, but they constantly succumb to fighting and bickering.

Violence

Lots of verbal fighting.

Sex
Language

"Damn," "retard," "slut," etc.

Consumerism

Aaron and Nick Carter are both household names with associated albums/products to promote. Nick is recording a new album during the filming of the show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some of the siblings smoke, and at least one drinks a lot.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series chronicles the exploits of five siblings -- led by pop star Nick Carter (formerly of The Backstreet Boys) -- as they move into an L.A.-area bungalow in an attempt to bond after their parents' divorce. Although Nick serves as a father figure, his uninhibited siblings sometimes drink too much and exhibit poor eating habits. They also fight all the time and generally run wild.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byicantchoseausername April 9, 2008

LOL Best Show Ever!

If you like hot guys, yelling women and a lot of fighting, this is the show. In the second episode, they do show kids not to drink, Aaron got drunk then had to... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bysamanthaschaeffer April 9, 2008

yes

i think the show is very good because they have wicket episodes on tv.

What's the story?

In the "celebreality" series HOUSE OF CARTERS, five adult siblings agree to temporarily live together in an attempt to heal the wounds that arose after their parents' divorce (as well as some of the sibs' own tabloid-ready exploits). Leading the group is former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, who leases a tricked-out Los Angeles house while in town to record a new album. With their parents' contentious split behind them, the siblings -- singer Aaron (who once dated Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff at the same time); Aaron's twin, aspiring model Angel; singer Leslie; and aimless Bobbie Jean -- crash with father figure Nick in an attempt to bond and become a family again.

Is it any good?

This is one dysfunctional family. Like the stars of The Real World, the Carter siblings start out in awe of their souped-up surroundings but quickly begin arguing over who has the best room. And when it comes time for culinarily inclined Bobbie Jean to prepare dinner for the troops, their bickering over whether or not she's cooking the corn correctly might make some viewers turn the volume down -- or switch the channel altogether.

Although Nick and Aaron's tween fans might want to watch, only teens who can take the pop stars' "reality" with a grain of salt should tune in -- and even they might have second thoughts after spending a little time with this clan. Overall, House of Carters is a sad portrayal of a family that blows the all-too-rare chance to start over.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sibling relationships. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having siblings? Why do brothers and sisters fight so often? How do sibling relationships change as you get older? Why is it that family members can make you angrier than anyone else? Families can also talk about the Carter siblings' unusual circumstances. How likely is it that five kids in a non-famous family would do what they're doing? What else about their lives is unrealistic?

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