A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Friendship and loyalty are major themes, although not always expressed in ideal ways.
Positive Role Models
Some cast members are more mature than others, but at some point all of them manage to act silly. One cast member is in trouble with the IRS.
Violence & Scariness
Drunken fights. Video clips of physical altercations in previous installments of the franchise featured.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo, ranging from discussions about infidelity, pregnancy, and marriage, to conversations about fake breasts and other body parts. Women shown in thongs; nudity is blurred.
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"Bitch," "damn"; lots of bleeped cursing.
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Products & Purchases
Local Miami haunts visible. Bentley, other high-end vehicles briefly shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Endless drinking (beer, wine, cocktails, shots) and drunken behavior. Cigarette smoking sometimes visible. Sobriety occasionally discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jersey Shore: Family Vacation features most of the original cast of Jersey Shore partying, boozing, and fighting while vacationing together in Miami Beach. It's also got all the stereotypes, strong language, bleeped cursing, sexual innuendo, and over-the-top drinking the series is known for. All this being said, friendship and loyalty is also a major theme. Some of the changes in the cast members' lives are highlighted, including marriage, motherhood, legal troubles, and the death of a parent.
Is It Any Good?
This outlandish series features most of the original Jersey Shore cast behaving in the wild ways they were known for back in the day. From endless partying and occasional hookups with Miami locals, to crazy antics like carrying around a life-size doll representing missing cast member Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, the gang finds fun in being over-the-top. Adding to the drama are many drunken fights over events that occurred years ago.
Some cast members admit to leading more mature lives off-camera (Nicole and Jenni are moms, recently married Deena is grieving her father's death, and Mike is now sober and facing serious legal troubles), and view the experience as a chance to take a break from their day-to-day lives. But others don't appear to have grown up much over time. They may not be relevant to a new generation of MTV viewers, but Jersey Shore: Family Vacation will appeal to the franchise's loyal fans.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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