Parents' Guide to

Kirstie Alley's Big Life

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Reality show sells iffy messages about weight, self-image.

TV A&E Reality TV 2010
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+
I Lov3e this show but I am a 48 yrs of age female who is a Kirstie Alley fan. As far as children go, it would depend on the individual family to make that judgement. My kids are grown so I can not really say now. I think it is pretty innocent . A few bleeps here and there and once in a while they mention the fact that she used to have a cocaine addiction. Other than that it is a funny and hilarious show. I love the housekeeper Magdelana. She is so gosh darn funny. It is very entertaining. in my opinion.

Is It Any Good?

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Kirstie Alley has built her career on being funny -- and, lately, on being "fat," with a much-publicized campaign for Jenny Craig and her short-lived Showtime comedy Fat Actress. But her latest attempt to stay relevant with her own reality show about losing weight (again) might leave a pretty bad taste in your mouth. For one thing, there's Kirstie's negative talk about her "Miss Piggy legs" or asking her kids to weigh in on whether she's just "fat" or "circus fat."

For another, there's her odd and borderline-uncomfortable quirks, like her love of domesticated lemurs, her fondness for sending staff through inexplicably tiny doors, and her decision to tell her new African-American trainer that, because she's from Kansas, she kind of has "a problem with black people"...only to reveal after an awkward silence that it's a joke. And a not very funny one at that.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: March 21, 2010
  • Cast: Kirstie Alley
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: October 24, 2022

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