Labor of Love

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Odd dating competition has iffy messages about parenthood.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The overall premise rejects the "traditional" way of finding a partner and starting a family, noting that it doesn’t work for everyone. It also highlights the way older women are sometimes rejected by men due to their age and their assumed inability to have children. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Contestants are polite at first, and most appear sensitive. But they're also jealous and competitive. 

Violence

Some of the contestants are hot-tempered and yell, slam doors, etc. One contestant has a wrestling background. 

Sex

There’s lots of strong sexual innuendo, ranging from blunt conversations about fertility and having babies, to testosterone-fueled references to masturbation that will fly over the heads of young viewers.

Language

Strong curses are bleeped and mouths are blurred. 

Consumerism

Delta Airlines is prominently featured, but not very often. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There's lots of drinking, including cocktails, hard liquor, beer, and champagne. Drunken behavior is visible, but not viewed as appropriate or funny. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Labor of Love is a reality series featuring a hopeful mother-to-be and 15 contestants vying for the opportunity to partner with her and have a baby. There’s lots of talk about fertility and having babies, and some strong innuendo that will go over the heads of young viewers. Curses are bleeped (with mouths blurred), and drinking is frequent. On occasion contestants lose their tempers due to jealousy and other issues, but it’s not particularly violent. Nonetheless, it’s not a series meant for kids. 

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What's the story?

Hosted by Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis, LABOR OF LOVE is a dating competition show featuring 41-year old former The Bachelor contestant Kristy Katzmann looking for someone to be the father of her children. Fifteen potential dads meet with the mother-to-be in the greater Atlanta, Georgia area, and share a house situated across the street from her. Each episode features them being put through a series of challenges designed to test their abilities to be good fathers and partners. After each round, Katzmann decides who gets to stay, and who is going home. At the end of the competition, she must decide if the last person standing will be the perfect partner to father her child with, or continue her journey towards motherhood as a single parent with the help of a sperm donor. Throughout the show, interview clips of contestants’ family members sharing their insights about the process are also featured. 

Is it any good?

This unique dating reality competition requires contestants to treat parenthood as a priority in their potential long-term relationship. It also calls attention to the fact that women who wait to have kids are often assumed to be uninterested in having, or unable to birth, children of their own. The challenges the men participate in, which includes things like having their fertility checked and raising fake babies, are specific to the show’s objective. But it also features some of the traditional drama associated with dating shows, including competitive strife between contestants, tearful elimination rounds, some flared tempers, and a fair share of sexual innuendo. Labor of Love doesn’t send ideal messages about what it means to be a parent, but those looking for some odd unscripted entertainment might find it worth checking out. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the messages Labor of Love sends about becoming a parent verses being a parent. What’s the difference between the two? Does the series address both?

  • Do you think people can really enter serious relationships or find true love by appearing on a TV reality series? Why do people choose to find matches so publicly? 

  • What are the benefits of finding a match this way? What would the perks be? What kind of challenges would arise?

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