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 drama plays into many stereotypes about people from New Jersey and from Italian-American backgrounds. It features endless catty behavior and jealous arguments, which usually result in insult hurling, pushing, and shoving. Staff and clients drink socially (beer, wine, champagne) and frequently smoke cigarettes. The show also contains some “iffy” language (“hell,” “bitch”, “skank”; stronger vocab "bleeped"), and occasional rude gestures are visible (but are fully blurred).
What's the story?
JERSEYLICIOUS is a reality show featuring the day-to-day drama at the Green Brook, New Jersey’s Gatsby Salon. Mother and daughter team Gayle Giacomo and Christy Pereira have remodeled the salon with hopes of creating a hip and glamorous place for folks to get their hair and makeup done. To help them realize this goal they hire veteran stylist Anthony Lombardi, the family-oriented Gigi Liscio, and cosmetology diva Alexa Prisco. Also joining the team is the vivacious, but rather wild Olivia Blois Sharpe, and her long-time nemesis, hairstylist Tracy DiMarco. Doing client hair and makeup is never dull, especially when tensions rise thanks to big egos, clashing personalities, and occasional dissatisfied customers.
Is it any good?
The docu-soap may be set in a hair salon, but the real focus of this show is on a colorful group of people who engage in obnoxious and self-absorbed behavior. But these moments are sometimes so over-the-top that they seem both staged and ridiculous.
The cast, which resembles an older version of the gang of Jersey Shore, seems to play into many of the negative stereotypes that exist about people from the Garden State. Meanwhile, endless catty behavior and jealous arguments both in and out of the salon make up most of the entertainment. Those looking for some voyeuristic fun might like it, but outside of this, it has very little to offer.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about reality television. Do you think the drama featured on reality TV is real? Or do people play up to the cameras? Do you think the cast on this show makes their personal feelings about each other worse than what they really are in order to make the show more exciting? Why or why not?
What does it take to run a successful beauty salon? What kind of training do you need to be a stylist? What is the difference between a make up artist and a cosmetologist? If you were a hair stylist or a make up artist, how would you handle it if a client didn’t like what you did for them?
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