A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Men compete against each other for a woman's attention by being obnoxious, threatening other men, and showing off their bodies. The woman criticizes them for being boring, ugly, or crazy. Lots of homophobia. Show talks about true love and being "real," but it's actually all about exactly the opposite.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent chest-beating, verbal threats, intimidation, and insults.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Very revealing clothing on men and women, with lots of commentary about physical features. Some heavy tongue kissing and touching in bed. Tons of sexual innuendo, flirting, crass commentary about someone's ability to find a sexual partner.
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Constant cursing, with stronger language bleeped but obvious. "Bitch," "ass," etc. are unbleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Beer brands are blocked out but obvious. Frequent talk about dressing well, materialism.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Constant drinking, sometimes to intoxication.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this dating show is to parent show The Flavor of Love what The Bachelorette is to The Bachelor -- only cruder and more cringe-inducing. Through contests and conversations (most of which are accompanied by drinking and some sexual activity) one woman chooses a boyfriend from a group of 20 bachelors. Her choices are often based on extremely superficial characteristics. While most of the lessons to be gleaned from the show are simply immature, some -- like choosing a mate because he likes to drink a lot -- are borderline dangerous. The show features crass humor, wild behavior, excessive drinking, and highly sexual scenarios. Intense homophobia is at play, particularly directed at the effeminate, caricatured male personal assistant.
Is It Any Good?
Teens might love the car wreck that is I Love New York, but with its warped examples of romantic relationships, the superficial standards by which someone is judged ("New York" likes one guy because "he looks good in clothes"), the excessive drinking (she likes another guy because "he drinks a lot"), and the orgy-like atmosphere, many parents will want to change the channel.
Both Flavor of Love and I Love New York take the reality dating show genre to new levels (sub-basement ones, that is). Fighting, cursing, and talking about bodies, sex, sexuality, etc. are all part of the game -- and the goal isn't just to win the heart of the show's star, but to become a star oneself. In one scene, Sister grills several of the young men with her most pressing question: "Are you gay?" She hones in on one particularly buff guy who admits to plucking his eyebrows. When she asks if he's ever had the opportunity to sleep with a man, he answers affirmatively, telling her that he could probably have sex with "New York"'s male personal assistant, the ultra-effeminate Chamo, if he wanted to (though of course, he doesn't want to).
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