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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality show -- which follows Girls Next Door cast member Kendra Wilkinson after she moves out of the Playboy mansion and into her own home -- includes plenty of salty language (the strongest choices are bleeped) and strong sexual content, from innuendo to suggestive dancing (often around a stripper pole) to images of Kendra and other women in skimpy outfits or partially naked (all sensitive body parts are blurred). Expect drinking and product placement as well, plus lots of discussion about Kendra balancing her "wild" side with the expectations of her more conservative fiance.
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What's the story?
After five years of enjoying a pampered life in the Playboy mansion, KENDRA follows former Hugh Hefner girlfriend/The Girls Next Door cast member Kendra Wilkinson as she learns how to live independently before marrying Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett. Doing without butlers, chefs, and the other luxuries she's become used to, the 23-year-old must learn how to cook, clean, and run her own household while planning her wedding to the rather conservative football player. With the help of housemate Amber Campisi, best friend Britney Binger, and former Playboy roomies Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt, she stumbles through domestic life while trying to balance her career and hold on to her party-girl lifestyle.
Is it any good?
The show attempts to be entertaining by mixing scenes of Kendra completing mundane tasks like going grocery shopping and cleaning up dog poo with scenes of her swinging around her own stripper pole and hosting wild parties. There's also some mild attempt to create romantic tension as Kendra negotiates the role that Hefner (with whom she maintains a strong friendship) and Playboy will play in her life.
Just like The Girls Next Door, Kendra contains lots of sexy images of Kendra and other women in skimpy underwear and other stages of undress. The language is often a little salty, and parties feature lots of drinking. But despite what happens in front of the cameras, the show offers subtle indications that Kendra is exploring a more traditional lifestyle than what she's publicly known for. Her fans may be intrigued (or confused) about what they see here, but they'll still find plenty of good old-fashioned reality TV voyeurism, too.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the difference between a reality show persona and a reality star’s true personality. What's the difference between the two? Do you think viewers ever get to see who people really are on reality shows? Families can also discuss how women appear as sexual objects in the media and how this impacts how we look at and treat women in our society.
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