A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although the show's central drama concerns reuniting a fractured family and helping a father and son reconcile, the family's over-the-top antics tend to grab the spotlight instead.
Positive Role Models
Some family members are generally positive role models, but others -- including the parents, who are supposed to be in charge -- leave a lot to be desired. The siblings seem to have a genuinely loving relationship, although relations with their parents can be strained.
Violence & Scariness
Some verbal sparring and heated arguments.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual innuendo/discussion and occasional blurred/censored nudity (as when Mom takes her top off during a hot flash). A.J. and his father are estranged because A.J. was rumored to have had a sexual relationship with one of his father's ex-wives.
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Bleeped swearing ("f--k" and "s--t) plus audible words like "B.S.," "vagina," "dick," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Some visible logos (including Diet Coke and Budweiser). The show is also an obvious promotional vehicle for the actors' flagging careers.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters drink alcohol, with occasional overindulgence.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's not a whole lot in this "celebreality" show that's "good" for kids to see, although Shayne's attempts to repair her brother and father's fractured relationship is admirable. Sexual innuendo is pretty common, and there's also some censored nudity to watch out for (the kids' mom, in a menopausal hot flash, takes her top off in front of the refrigerator, etc.). Commercialism -- in terms of the family's efforts to boost their own careers -- is pretty obvous, too, but for the most part, it's kept on a low flame.
Is It Any Good?
You've seen other shows on E! before about famous -- or marginally famous -- L.A. families and their "outrageous antics" (Keeping Up with the Kardashians and the equally unnecessary spin-off Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, anyone?). So the question is, why do we need another one? And the simple answer is: We really don't. But maybe this will catch on as a guilty pleasure. After all, somebody apparently liked watching the Kardashians, right?
In terms of stuff you want your kids to be watching, the guilty pleasure potential factor doesn't apply. Teens are bound to identify with Shayne (whose accomplishments include a stint on General Hospital and winning the 12th season of The Bachelor). But her worthiness as a role model is iffy at best. In the pilot episode alone, she claims that she eats lots of pineapple to keep her lady parts smelling good (who knew?) and gives up on spelling "menopause," offering instead, "Ask me how to spell 'shoes.' Ask me how to spell 'lip gloss.' 'Cars,' 'money,' 'men,' 'sex' … I know how to spell those." Ugh. Can you spell "vapid" and "shallow"? We can.
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