Parents' Guide to

L.A. Shrinks

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Voyeuristic therapist-themed reality show is adult-oriented.

TV Bravo Reality TV 2013
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Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

NOT Worth Watching

The N word! What? Should be taken off TV!! I am not interested in watching!!!

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Too much swearing

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L.A. Shrinks offers an intimate look at the lives of the three upscale therapists to underscore the idea that they deal with the same kinds of behavioral issues and problems as their clients in their daily lives. Adding to the drama are the therapy sessions between each of the therapists and some of their select clients, in which very intimate issues are discussed. To link the two, the therapists often draw parallels between what their clients are dealing with, and the problems they are facing in their own personal lives.

Like most reality shows, L.A. Shrinks attempts to create voyeuristic entertainment from moments that would normally be very private. But what is troubling here is that many of these intimate moments are drawn from seemingly professional therapy sessions, the effectiveness of which usually relies on privacy to be successful. The result is a series that sends problematic messages about what therapy is really about, while offering TV audiences a chance to satisfy their desire for a guilty pleasure with lots of salacious content.

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