A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality show is pretty mild, but contains mature themes related to marriage and divorce, some sexual innuendo (most of which will go over the heads of younger viewers), and occasional bleeped vocab ("s--t"). It also sends some very positive messages about family, and the importance of finding balance in order to live a fulfilled life.
What's the story?
JENNIE GARTH: A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY is a reality series starring actress Jennie Garth, who has left Los Angeles to pursue a simpler way of life on a ranch in Central California. Garth, who is best known for her role in the hit series Beverly Hills, 90210, has moved with her daughters, 14 year old Luca, 9 year old Lola, and 5 year old Fiona, her mom, and her sister Wendy to a ranch to live a more balanced life with their wide assortment of animals. It's fun, but farm life can get a little nutty, thanks to her colorful Canadian personal assistant Corrine Dekkerstock.
Is it any good?
A Little Bit Country features lots of goofy escapades thanks to Dekkerstock's lively personality and unfamiliarity with country life. But the tone occasionally takes a serious turn thanks to the very public split between Garth and her husband of 17 years, actor Peter Facinelli.
The show is pretty mild, but it contains some occasional sexual innuendo and strong vocab that make it a little iffy at times. But the show's focus on family and balance is a positive one. Folks looking for some lighthearted voyeuristic fun will definitely find it here.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about reality shows. Why do successful actors agree to appear on reality shows? Is it the money? The fame? Why do you think Garth got her own show? What makes her choices interesting to viewers? Do you think it is appropriate to talk about personal issues, like marital problems, in such a public forum?
How realistic is what you see on this show? How much do you think is edited to make it more interesting. What would a reality show about your family be like?
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