Just Jillian

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Edgy, promotional reality about tough coach's gentler side.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Family, finding balance in life are major themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Michaels' humor is often inappropriate, but she means well.

Violence

Occasional scenes of Michaels' tough coaching.

Sex

Some sexual innuendo. Artificial insemination is discussed.

Language

"Piss," "bitch"; bleeped cursing.

Consumerism

Jillian Michaels' logo, podcast, products, and her Maximize Your Life tour prominently featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine, champagne. Drunk jokes; references to doing drugs. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Just Jillian is a reality show starring fitness expert Jillian Michaels and featuring her day-to-day life. It also openly promotes her brand and products. The show contains strong language, bleeped cursing, and occasional crude sexual innuendo. Drinking (champagne, wine) is also visible. On the good side, it features positive messages about family and finding balance in your life.

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What's the story?

JUST JILLIAN is a reality series starring former Biggest Loser coach Jillian Michaels as she tries to juggle her home and family life with her growing career. Michaels and her partner Heidi Rhoades are raising their two small children, Lukensia and Phoenix, while Jillian continues to build her wellness and fitness brand with the help of friend and colleague Giancarlo Chersich. As she commits to her work and her family, Michaels struggles to figure out how to find balance in her life.

Is it any good?

This standard reality show is designed to show the no-nonsense fitness expert's kinder, gentler side by showing her as a committed partner and mother. But while she's committed to her family, she still manages to hold onto her often-difficult demeanor, especially when it comes to her business or when projects don’t go her way.

Michaels is rough around the edges but creates some honest moments, especially when she talks about her children, Heidi, her fear of marriage, and her estranged father.  But, ultimately, the overall show is a major promotional vehicle for her ever-growing brand. Nonetheless, this probably won't bother her fans, and they will enjoy tuning in.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reality shows and advertising. How do you feel about the way Jillian's life and work are portrayed? What are some of the more sneaky ways advertising is shown? Do you think this is appropriate?

  • Families can also talk about reality TV and celebrity. Why do you think someone who's already famous would want to have a reality show? 

TV details

For kids who love fitness reality

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