Little Women: LA

Common Sense Media says

Little people-themed reality has innuendo, drinking.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although the show underscores the idea that little people can do anything average people can do, there is an emphasis on sexy behavior and catty arguments.

Positive role models

Some women are single mothers; one cast member is very conservative; another is a Russian immigrant. Cast members are sometimes very judgmental of each other.  

Violence

Jealous, catty arguments frequently break out among the cast. 

Sex

Dating, relationships, marriage, and divorce are major themes. The women are shown in bikinis and other skimpy outfits. Sexy dancing and lewd behavior is sometimes featured. Subtle references to virginity and sexual acts, and crude references to genitals; a penis cake is featured in one episode. 

Language

Regular language includes "piss," "ass," and "hell" with curses such as "s--t" bleeped.

Consumerism

Logos for Pellegrino, iPhone, and Buick cars are visible but not obviously featured. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There's wine, champagne, and cocktail drinking during meals, at nightclubs, and during other social events. One cast person is a recovering alcoholic. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Little Women: LA features a female cast of little people as they navigate relationships, careers, and motherhood. The show includes lots of catty arguing, as well as some sexual innuendo and lewd behavior, salty vocabulary, and lots of drinking. The show also includes some positive messages about being comfortable with who you are, as well as some discussions about the little people community.

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What's the story?

LITTLE WOMEN: LA is a reality series that features six women, all of whom were born with dwarfism, as they live their lives in Los Angeles. It stars Terra Jole, the self-proclaimed leader of the gang, her friend Tonya Banks, and the rather raucous Christy McGinity. Joining the group is recently divorced Briana Manson, the conservative Traci Harrison, and Elena Grant, a Russian-born Lady Gaga impersonator who's trying find her place in the group. Life as a little person poses some challenges, especially when it comes to being taken seriously as an individual and professional. But ultimately, these women show that they can do almost anything an average person can do.

Is it any good?

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Little Women: LA highlights some of the day-to-day challenges that the tight-knit little people community deals with, including coping with stereotypes that come from a history of being featured in sideshows at carnivals and circuses. It also shows some of the challenges that come with navigating a world that is created for average-size people. But the women also discuss how they empower themselves by being proud and unapologetic about their dwarfism.  

There are some positive themes here, but they are often overshadowed by the catty interactions among cast members, most of which are a result of their jealous, competitive behavior in their personal and professional lives. The endless discussions about men and relationships gets a little tiresome, too. Some folks may find it interesting or entertaining, but ultimately it's an unscripted series that offers traditional reality fare. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why these women agreed to appear on a reality showDid they do it to show how they live like average-size people? To bring attention to the little people community? 

  • The women featured here argue that they're like everybody else except for their size. Would they be starring in their own series if they were like the average-size person? Does their appearance on this show undermine the message they say they're trying to send? 

  • What exactly is dwarfism? Why are some people born with it, even if their parents are average-size? Why are terms such as "midget" not used anymore to describe little people?

TV details

Cast:Terra Jole, Elena Grant, Christy McGinity
Network:Lifetime
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14

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Parent Written byvon June 13, 2014
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chrissy

Chrissy getscon my nerves constantly talking about getting engaged. She is irritating can she talk about something else..
Adult Written byThebeej1966 July 15, 2014
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LITTLE PEOPLE SHOW OF LITTLE VALUE

I will never understand why Lifetime devotes so much time to this show. Tuesday evenings is basically a marathon. There is nothing of value to this show. We know there are little people in this world and can imagine the challenges they face. There's nothing new or enlightening here. Do we need Lifetime to run hours and hours of it? NO! Do we need to watch them act caddy or strip? NO! Aren't there enough useless caddy reality shows? YES! Nuff said!
Adult Written byjolene23 June 4, 2014
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16
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too much jealousy and nagging

I was really looking forward to this show as it is something new and different. The crew is fun and intelligent the person that kills the show and makes me want to flip the channel is Christy. Shes really annoying and all about the drama. Her attitude is way too negative and its just a "buzz kill". Id much rather watch these girls have fun and take on this big world as the fierce little divas I know they are. Like I said Christy just ruins the show.

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