A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It tells the story of an immigrant who arrived in the U.S. with nothing, but worked hard and achieved the American Dream. Family and hard work are major themes. Traditional Vietnamese family norms and values often come to head with Western values. Some traditions are characterized as patriarchal. Marital problems and divorce are discussed.
Positive Role Models
The family is Vietnamese, but other races and ethnicities are represented among the cast. Binh Ho is respected, admired, and the family patriarch. Hue is loving, but characterized as a critical matriarch. Washington is characterized as sheltered, spoiled, and entitled. The women in the family understand the expectations placed on them, but aren’t always happy about it. They all agree that family is central to their lives.
Violence & Scariness
There are conversations about a cast member’s questionable behavior and arrests. Rifles are visible during hunting trips.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo, including references to womanizing. sleeping with people, various sex acts, and similar conversations. Bad advice is given about a woman’s right to say no to men when propositioned for sex.
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Strong language includes "bulls--t," "f--k," "hell," "pissed," and "goddamn."
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Products & Purchases
There are references to high-end brands like Dom Perignon and Magnum, and images of Cadillacs, Ferrari’s, and other expensive cars, Yves St. Laurent bags, and HP computers are visible. Local Houston haunts are also prominently featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine, champagne, and cocktails are frequently consumed. Pepcid AC is used by some cast members to avoid getting red-faced. There are subtle references to alcohol and substance abuse.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that House Of Ho is an unscripted series that features a wealthy American multigenerational family that is constantly negotiating their traditional Vietnamese values with more liberal, Western ways of life. There's a significant amount of cursing, conversations about arrests and wild behavior, and rifles are used during hunting trips. Wine, cocktails, and champagne are consumed during meals and social events, and lots of brands are discussed or featured, including Hewlett Packard, Cadillac, Ferrari, and Yves St. Laurent, just to name a few. The series highlights the importance of having a strong work ethic, and shows how this led to the massive success of an immigrant couple who arrived in the U.S. with nothing.
Is It Any Good?
This voyeuristic series shows how a large and wealthy multigenerational American family balances the traditional cultural norms and expectations of their Vietnamese heritage while living large in Houston, Texas. The Hos enjoy luxury homes, private jet flights, and expensive cars, but also remind viewers that their lives center around hard work, supporting each other, and continuing the family legacy. Judy, Lesley and Samantha also point out the challenges that female members of the Ho family face, thanks to Binh and Hue's traditional, and (according to Western standards) patriarchal, ways of thinking.
The overall series offers lots of typical reality fare, but much of it is contextualized within this "East versus West" narrative. Those familiar with Vietnamese (and certain other) Asian cultures may not be surprised by some of what is presented here. However, those who aren't might cringe at more than a few of the family members' antics on camera, including those of eldest son Washington, who is open about his sense of entitlement and the role this has played in his marriage. Nonetheless, House of Ho never ceases to use itself as an example of how the American Dream is possible if you're willing to work hard for it.
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