House of Glam

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Label-conscious docuseries is all about outward appearances.

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Positive Messages

Overall, the series seems to celebrate characters' supersized egos along with the excesses of the entertainment industry. Hard work is downplayed in favor of arrogance and attitude.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Brandi is clearly smart and successful, but she essentially gives free reign to the stylists on her team, most of whom have over-inflated egos. The show's format also plays up character stereotypes like "The Diva" and "The Problem Child."

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Sex

A lot of the styling emphasizes skin and sexy looks. Characters also use cheeky phrases like "fashion orgasm."

Language

Audible words like "damn," with some bleeped swearing (including "f--k" and "bulls--t").

Consumerism

Characters frequently name-drop designers and celebrity clients, including Christian Siriano, Eryn Brinie, Versace, Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Tyra Banks.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some social drinking, but nothing excessive.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fashion-centric reality series isnt necessarily label-heavy, but it is label-conscious, regularly featuring -- and glamourizing -- exclusive brands like Christian Siriano and Versace, and name-dropping the heck out of film and music stars like Will Smith, Jay-Z, and Rihanna. There's some bleeped swearing, too (mostly "f--k" and variants of "s--t"), along with some sexy stuff in the form of body-baring outfits and cheeky phrases (think "fashion orgasm"). Drinking comes into play in social settings, but only rarely.

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What's the story?

HOUSE OF GLAM follows the day-to-day dramas of the B Lynn Group, a New York-based image agency that caters to celebrity clients in the music and fashion business. At the helm is owner Brandi, who employs a motley crew of stylists, including Crystal "The Diva," her best friend since childhood; Amoy "The Perfectionist," who oversees hair; and Michiko "Double Trouble," a newly hired make-up artist. The team also includes a trio of larger-than-life male stylists -- Groovey "The Legend," Mike B "The Hustler," and Atiba "The Problem Child."

Is it any good?

House of Glam starts out with a cool, edgy vibe and inspired shots of New York City that, when combined, evoke the feel of stylish reality series like The Rachel Zoe Project and Kell on Earth. But Glam quickly devolves into a tiresome parade of two-dimensional characters (The Diva! The Problem Child! Double Trouble!) that make these styling "professionals" seem more like a cheap line of dress-up dolls. It's a real disappointment, too, considering that -- with a majority-black cast and client roster -- the show stands to offer a less visible take on the world of styling.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about celebrity and the business of being famous. Do you agree with Crystal's statement that image is more important than talent? What role do stylists play in helping actors and performers shape their careers?

  • How do you rate Brandi as a role model when it comes to running her own business -- and reining in her employees? Does it surprise you that she's as successful as she is?

  • Why would Brandi and her stylists agree to star in their own reality series? How much of what you're seeing feels real as opposed to forced or staged?

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 5, 2010
  • Network: Oxygen
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14

For kids who love playing dress up

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