A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's at least a hint of a positive takeaway: that you can lose weight and improve your health if you put in the work (and if you've got enough money to hire a professional staff to help you do it). But there's also the implication that, if you don't, you're just "fat" -- even "too fat for f--king fat dresses."
Positive Role Models
It's admirable that Kirstie wants to get in shape, but she admits that it's got nothing to do with health: "I spent my whole life thin; I hate the way I feel fat." She also makes frequent, self-deprecating comments about her size, calling herself "fat," "f--king fat," and "Miss Piggy Legs," and says of her weight-loss journey, "I'll help millions of other flabby f--kers just like me."
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual innuendo and sexual humor. Kirstie is openly attracted to her male personal trainer, giggling while looking at pictures of him shirtless, etc., and making jokes about him "straddling" her.
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A good amount of bleeped swearing (including frequent use of the word "f--k" to punctuate sentences), plus audible words like "hell," "damn," "vajayjay," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Alley is developing her own weight-loss plan, Kirstie Alley's Organic Liaison. Over time, the show functions as a long-form commercial for the program and its products. Other brands mentioned include Wii and Google.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking. Kirstie mentions that, in the past, she curbed cravings by smoking cigarettes and using cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series functions as an ongoing commercial for Kirstie Alley's weight-loss plan, Kirstie Alley's Organic Liaison, by shadowing Kirstie and one of her employees on their joint weight-loss journey. There's also a surprising bit of swearing (albeit bleeped) for a TV-PG program, including sentences like, "I'm not doing the weigh-in on the f--king Wii. I have little guys outside my house every day that tell me I'm fat; I don't need some little f--king cartoon telling me I'm f--king fat." There's some sexual innuendo, too, along with some references to Kirstie's checkered past, which includes a cocaine habit.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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