A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that teens won't glean many positive messages from Kourtney and Kim Take Miami (formerly Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami), a brand-heavy reality show that largely continues the antics of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Social drinking and sexual innuendo play heavily in the proceedings, and the girls sometimes overindulge to the point of illness, memory loss, and poor decision-making. They also speak frankly about sexual matters, spouting sentences like "It's so obvious she wants her vajayjay" and "I do not need to see someone's balls if I'm not boning him." Obviously, the language in general is pretty salty, with bleeped swearing and audible insults like "bitch-ass whore."
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What's the story?
In KOURTNEY AND KIM TAKE MIAMI, the West Coast Kardashian sisters move east to the "Party City" to open up a new branch of their upscale D-A-S-H boutique. Sisters Kourtney and Khloe make the move to Miami to open their first Miami store, but when Khloe explores other career opportunities, Kim goes to Florida to join Kourtney and her two children with partner Scott Disick. There's some sibling rivalry and family drama (including references to the sisters' tabloid-worthy romantic relationships and divorces), but the focus is mostly on how these stylish sibs balance business matters with their busy social lives, marriage, and parenthood.
Is it any good?
Trying to force a spin-off from a show that wasn't that good to begin with might have seemed like a good idea to producer Ryan Seacrest. But for most viewers, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami will be a lukewarm guilty pleasure at best. The show's thinly veiled attempt to drive traffic to the sisters' pricey boutique is practically transparent, and they're ultimately not that interesting to watch.
It's a shame that the Kardashian sisters' party-hard lifestyle -- and the iffy behavior that comes along with it -- takes away from their more admirable qualities. They clearly have at least some degree of business savvy, and that's a great thing for teen girls to see. But Kourtney and Khloe sometimes seem far more interested in clubbing, shopping, and acting up for the cameras -- and looking impossibly fabulous while doing it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how drinking and partying are portrayed on the show. What are some of the real-life consequences of drinking too much? Do those consequences seem to apply to the Kardashian sisters?
Do you think the Kardashian sisters you see on the show are really being "real"? Are they playing up drama for the cameras, or is a case of what you see is what you get?
Are Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe positive celebrity role models? Is one a better role model than the other?
Why are the Kardashian sisters famous? Do you think they deserve the publicity they get? How could a show like this help their business grow?