Lone Star Lady
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lone Star Lady is a reality series with lots of positive messages about the importance of valuing family, tradition, respect, and responsibility over material wealth. It also contains some iffy vocab ("piss," "ass," "hell"), some risqué humor, and some occasional drinking (wine, beer) and cigar smoking.
What's the story?
THE LONE STAR LADY stars Rochelle Carnes, the matriarch of a Johnson City, Texas, family that's adjusting to living the American Dream. After her family struck oil a few years ago, they now have enough cash to live large. But Rochelle worries about how their new financial situation will change them and is determined to teach her four sons -- 17-year-old Jake, 13-year-old Luke, 9-year-old Dade, and 8-year-old Tate -- the traditional values that remind them of where they come from and what's really important. While her husband Trenton goes along with her schemes, their boys come up with new and creative ways of undermining them. Meanwhile, Mary Ann, Rochelle's chicken-toting mom; her dad, Bill; and her sister, Kirstan, are always there to offer their opinions about what's going on -- and to sabotage her plans when they feel it's necessary.
Is it any good?
From refusing to leave their family home or get a maid to providing outhouses for the boys when they demand a bigger house with more bathrooms, Rochelle's brassy personality and hands-on parenting style creates lots of humorous moments. Some of her family members' unique personalities also add to the fray.
Most of the show is clearly staged for the cameras, but a lot of these scenes are genuinely heartwarming and funny. Adding to it are the positive messages it sends about placing positive values above money and the love of family. The result is some lighthearted reality fun full of positive messages.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what life would be like if you suddenly "struck it rich" by finding an oil well or winning the lottery. What kind of things would change? Would all these changes be positive ones?
How real are reality TV shows? When a reality series features lots of staged moments, are they presenting reality? When does it cross the line into fictional TV?