Ladies of London

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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British high-society reality with mature themes, arguing.

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Positive Messages

As with many Bravo reality shows, this one focuses on interpersonal drama among women, so there are lots of arguments about petty issues, plus a focus on wealth, image, fashion, and luxury. Stereotypes about the British and about Americans are discussed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The cast is American, British, and wealthy. They all are pretty self-absorbed, but some act more entitled than others. Some are parents, but a few aren't very hands-on. All the women have a career of some kind. There's no ethnic diversity.

Violence

Lots of catty behavior, but the exchanges are rather polite. One cast member's boyfriend was in prison for a nonviolent crime. 

Sex

Liaisons, pregnancy, and motherhood all are themes. Women in lingerie are occasionally shown.  

Language

Words such as "crap" audible; curses such as "a--hole" and "s--t" bleeped. 

Consumerism

There are constant conversations about designers such as Caroline Herrera, Roberto Cavalli, and Alexander McQueen, as well as lots of high-end cars such as Mercedes-Benz and visible labels for products such as Moët champagne. Caprice's lingerie line also is featured. Local London haunts are shown. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (wine, champagne, cocktails) is visible and frequent. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ladies of London is a bit more reserved than other Bravo TV reality shows, but it still offers lots of catty behavior, expensive product logos, and mature themes. It also contains some strong language ("a--hole," "s--t" bleeped). There are some cultural comparisons made between Americans and the English that some may consider stereotypical. 

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What's the story?

The reality series LADIES OF LONDON features a group of British socialites and American ex-pats living exclusive lives in London. It stars wealthy British aristocrats Annabelle Neilson and personal shopper Caroline Stanbury, who are regulars on the London social circuit. They're joined by Americans: model Captice Bourret, PR consultant Juliet Angus, fashion entrepreneur Noelle Reno, public relations specialist Marissa Hermer, and yoga instructor Julie Montagu. From attending A-list parties and self-promoting to protecting their reputations among the upper crust, these women navigate the unwritten rules of the London high society.

Is it any good?

As with most shows of this kind, Ladies of London features the catty behavior, drinking, endless conversations about relationships, connections, and money one expects from Bravo TV reality shows. What sets it apart is its portrayal of London's distinctive high society, which, thanks to Britain's royalty-infused, class-oriented social structure, is different from America's upper-class social circles. 

Stateside viewers may find humor in some of the distinctions being made between American and English socialites, while others may raise an eyebrow when cast members are genuinely surprised that they're not being treated in a way they believe respects their high-society status. But, aside from some of these cultural nuances, the series offers little more than your traditional voyeuristic reality entertainment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what "high-end society" means. How do people become members of these circles? Why do some people believe that being part of this community is important? Do you think this reality series offers an accurate portrayal of what British high society is, or is it simply being presented in a way that will be entertaining to viewers?

  • What are some of the cultural distinctions between Americans and the British? Does this series accurately portray these differences? Or are they relying on stereotypes to generate entertaining moments?

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For kids who love reality shows

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