I Heart Nick Carter

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Bland celeb relationship reality for superfans only.

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Positive Messages

It highlights the challenges that celebrities and their partners face when trying to build and maintain a relationship. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nick and Lauren are in love but often struggle with the compromises they have to make for each other. 


Nothing violent, but the couple's disagreements sometimes evolve into arguments. 


Nick and Lauren are shown in bed together but with clothes on. Nick is occasionally shown with his shirt off; hair-removal treatments show him in very skimpy underwear.


Words such as "hell" audible. Curses are fully bleeped. 


The series is a promotional vehicle for Nick Carter, the various tours he goes on, and the band members he works with. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Brief references are made to Carter's past partying. One image shows Nick smoking a cigar. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that I Heart Nick Carter features the Backstreet Boys singer and his fiancée, Lauren Kitt, as they work through relationship challenges. No doubt that fans of the singer will be excited about it, but it contains some iffy language ("hell"; curses bleeped), and some themes relating to family strife and prenuptial agreements. There also are references to some partying behavior. 

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What's the story?

I HEART NICK CARTER is a reality show featuring singer Nick Carter, the last single member of the Backstreet Boys, and his fiancée, Lauren Kitt, as they try to have a normal relationship while negotiating the Carter's celebrity status. 

As the couple attempts to set a date for their wedding and embark on their new life together, Lauren works through the challenges brought on by Nick's career and celebrity status. Meanwhile, Nick is trying to figure out how to deal with the potential impact marriage will have on his career and learning how to make decisions as a couple. It's not easy, but they're committed to making their relationship work.

Is it any good?

From setting a wedding date that will please management to coping with fans who are unhappy with their relationship, the couple struggles to find a balance between Nick's singing career and their personal lives. But much of the series reveals many of the sacrifices that Lauren, who is the narrator of the show, has had to make to be with the singer. 

One has to wonder if the series is produced as a way to gain sympathy for their relationship among fans, many of whom have very publicly been against it. Meanwhile, viewers may be surprised by how much control those who manage Nick's career seem to have over the decisions the couple makes. Regardless, Nick Carter fans definitely will be drawn to what they see here. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reality shows about celebrity relationships. Why are people willing to air their personal issues so publicly? Is it for publicity? Money? Something else? Do you think what you see on TV is what their lives are really like?

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