Living Lohan

Common Sense Media says

Stage-mom reality series sends mixed messages.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Dina Lohan is a single mother who cares for her kids, but she's also a stage mom. The show sends mixed messages about the boundaries between her role as a mother and her role as her kids' career manager.

Violence

Kids are shown arguing, pushing, and shoving.

Sex

Some strong sexual innuendo, including references to tabloid stories about alleged sexual escapades. A tabloid image depicting oral sex is blurred. Dina Lohan sometimes dresses in extremely short, revealing dresses and very tight outfits.

Language

Mostly just mild words like "sucks" and "idiots."

Consumerism

The show is a promotional vehicle for Lindsay Lohan and younger sister Ali. Pictures of Lindsay are visible everywhere.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Visible wine consumption visible; images of Dina holding champagne glasses in magazines. References to drug/alcohol abuse.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although Lindsay Lohan doesn't appear in this reality show about her family -- which instead focuses on matriarch/stage mother Dina Lohan -- much of the conversation revolves around her and how her fame impacts the family's life, and young fans may well be interested in watching. Dina's dual role as a loving mom and determined career manager results in some uncomfortable and sometimes troubling messages about what's most important in a child's life. Some of the tabloid references include strong sexual innuendo and touch on other mature topics; watch for references about Lindsay's battle with drugs and alcohol and the Lohan kids' tenuous relationship with their estranged father.

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What's the story?

LIVING LOHAN follows the family of troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan, centering on her infamous mother/manager, Dina Lohan, as she raises two of her other children -- 14-year-old daughter Ali and 11-year-old son Cody -- while simultaneously managing her daughters' careers. From coping with relentless tabloids to dealing with the day-to-day challenges of raising a family as a single parent, Dina demonstrates how she offers her kids an ostensibly normal upbringing while also helping them determine what's best for their artistic development.

Is it any good?

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Not surprisingly, while Lindsay Lohan doesn't appear in the series, she's still a major part of it. Pictures of her are prominently featured throughout the Lohans' home, and many conversations revolve around how her celebrity status affects the family. There's also plenty of discussion about how the tabloids exploit Lindsay and her allegedly problematic behavior. While other members of the Lohan clan feature in some of the show's "storylines" -- including the family's close relationship with grandmother Nana and Ali's burgeoning singing career -- almost everything seems to reflect back to some sort of Lindsay-related issue.

The series, which Dina Lohan also executive produces, provides a unique way of simultaneously promoting her daughters' careers and the idea that she's a caring, well-meaning parent. And while it's clear that she is a loving mother, the show sends some mixed messages about parenting by highlighting the time that Dina spends dealing with aggressive tabloid editors, music directors, and entertainment lawyers rather than focusing on addressing her children's personal and emotional well-being. This, combined with some strong sexual innuendo (including references to oral sex), mentions of drug and alcohol abuse (as the topics relate to Lindsay), and other mature issues, makes Living Lohan iffy for tweens and younger teens. But older viewers who enjoy this kind of voyeuristic entertainment may find it interesting.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to have a famous sibling or parent. What are some of the perks a family can enjoy as a result of one member's fame? Are there drawbacks? How much does media coverage of a famous person impact the rest of their family? Should the media ever target a famous person's relatives? Families can also discuss reality television. Why do families agree to appear on reality shows? Do you think they act the same way in front of the camera as they do when the crews aren't there?

TV details

Cast:Ali Lohan, Cody Lohan, Dina Lohan
Network:E!
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:NR

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycalichic April 9, 2008
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Surprising

On various interviews (like The View, or Letterman, Dina and Ali said Lindsay would not be in the show. Lindsay has a huge part in the show. While not appearing, the first episode is centered around her. This show is basically a commercial for her and her sister, but it is entertaining to watch what fools they can make out of themselves.
Teen, 15 years old Written bymoviecritic April 9, 2008
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Interesting

At first this show was really interesting. But when they got to Vegas to start recording Ali's album it got a bit boring and I lost interest. However, this is not a bad show at all. There is practically no language. Sometimes Ali will say sucks but that is really the extent of it. Sexual content is iffy but they never actually talk about it. This is what I would call a good attempt at a family show. It's really okay for anyone 11 and up.
Teen, 15 years old Written byoceangirl122 March 13, 2010
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Okay for teens

I don't think there's anything really wrong with it. There was one instance where they were talking about Lindsay supposedly having some sort of... sex video that was leaked, but that proved to be false... the image was blurred out and there isn't really any sexual anything other then that one thing. As for pictures of Lindsay being everywhere, that's to be expected and she is a part of their family even she doesn't appear on the show.

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