What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I'm Married to a… features lots of adult-oriented discussions about relationships and marriage that aren't really meant for kids. There's lots of focus on sex and gender-related activities (like pornography and cross-dressing, etc.), and the discussions about these activities contain strong sexual references and occasional images of folks in various stages of undress (with nudity blacked out). Some episodes contain lots of bleeped curses and show family disagreements. Throughout it all, the importance of being open to people who are different is underscored.
What's the story?
I'M MARRIED TO A… is a docuseries that features married couples working through situations that seem unconventional and/or strange thanks to a spouse's physical, mental, and/or professional situation. From a straight husband who works as a gay porn star to average-sized people marrying folks who are little or large, each couple reveals the history behind their romance, as well as the challenges posed by their unique circumstances. It isn't always easy, but somehow each couple finds a way to make their relationship work.
Is it any good?
I'm Married to a... features a wide-variety of couples who have found happiness with each other, but who must work through challenges posed by the differences that exist between them. While some couples try to find ways to live mainstream lives despite a spouse's physical limitations and/or disabilities, others must contend with the preconceptions and social disapproval surrounding the their partner's behavior or beliefs. They must also negotiate the disapproval and moral judgments imposed on them by friends and family who are unwilling to accept their unconventional ways.
The wide range of intimate scenes shown here, along with the moments in which couples reveal their secrets to loved ones, creates lots of titillatingly voyeuristic moments that will appeal to reality fans. But not everyone will be comfortable with some of behaviors featured here, or a spouse's willingness to accept them. Nonetheless, the show demonstrates how some folks are able to find love and happiness with someone thanks to their ability to open their minds and their hearts to individuals who are considered different from the mainstream.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about marriage and relationships. How has the media depicted marriage and relationships over the years? What do married couples look like? How do they act? How does this reality series challenge those representations?
Why do you think the couples on this show have chosen to tell their personal stories in such a public way? What kind of messages are they sending about relationships by appearing in the series?
Why do you think producers thought this would be a good idea for a show? Do you think a lot of people will watch it? Why?