A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The premise is to prioritize human connections over money and economic status, but in the end it's a formulaic reality dating competition.
Positive Role Models
The bachelors must keep their wealth and economic status a secret. Some of the women are more interested in their bank accounts than others.
The women work in a range of professions. There are some women of various ethnic backgrounds, but the majority of the cast, including the bachelors, is White.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of arguments and competitive behavior, which leads to yelling, screaming, and crying.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Constant innuendo, ranging from mild flirtations to suggestive conversations and make-out sessions. Sexy dancing is sometimes shown. People are shown stripping their clothes off (nudity is blurred).
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Words like "ass" and "bitch" are audible, while stronger curses are bleeped (and mouths are blurred).
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Products & Purchases
Rolls Royces and other high-ticket items are visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of drinking (beer, champagne, shots, hard liquor) and some drunken behavior.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Joe Millionaire: For Richer Or Poorer, a reboot of the 2003 hit Joe Millionaire, features all the innuendo, backbiting, and boozing one would expect from a reality dating competition. It also features bachelors lying to women about their financial wealth. There's strong language, but curses are bleeped with mouths blurred. Luxury brands like Rolls Royces are visible.
Is It Any Good?
The reality competition reboot, which premiered exactly 19 years after the mega-hit Joe Millionaire aired, offers all the awkward dates, catty behavior, drink-filled moments, and innuendo that these types of reality shows are known for. But unlike the 2003 original, which completely fabricated a narrative about then-bachelor Evan Marriott's financial situation, Joe Millionaire: For Richer Or Poorer is a bit more transparent, and notifies the women about the differences in the men's economic status without revealing who the millionaire actually is. It's a bit less manipulative, and there are some mildly surprising events, but the overall premise of the series feels outdated and tired. If you like this sort of voyeuristic reality entertainment, you might find something here. But if you're looking for an innovative revival, you'll be disappointed.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.