A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The importance of fashion, high class, pedigree, and money, are all central themes here. Friendship is also a theme, but to a lesser degree.
Positive Role Models
Some of the cast members behave as close friends, others pretend to be friends but are not. There's a lot of catty, pretentious behavior.
Violence & Scariness
The heated exchanges are more civilized than the American version, but ultimately are still arguments.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contains conversations about wanting/having sex and infidelity. Occasionally conversations revolve around men and women's different body parts.
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Words like "pissed" (meaning "drunk" in England) are occasionally audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are frequent, but are bleeped in the U.S. version of the show.
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Products & Purchases
Endless high-end labels like Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Rolls Royce, Bentley, etc. are prominently visible. Apple computers are shown, and references are made to Facebook.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (wine, champagne, cocktails, shots) is frequent over meals and constant social events. Close-ups of cocktails being prepared. People are shown hungover after parties.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the British reality show Made in Chelsea features the kind of edgy content that is common in U.S.-made shows of this sort, including lots of drinking (champagne, wine, cocktails), infidelity, high-end shopping, and some bleeped cursing. However, the snarky arguments are much more polite than in most U.S. versions. Friendship and romance are themes, but most of the show's content revolves around wealth, fashion, and class.
Is It Any Good?
The stylish (and highly stylized) British import offers a glimpse into the affluent world of central London, the home of British royalty, high-end stores, and people who can afford to shop in them. While much of what is discussed is superficial, some of these conversations subtly highlight the role that class and pedigree continue to have in British culture, especially among the wealthy.
Made in Chelsea is a little slow compared to most popular U.S.-made reality series thanks to scenes that, while visually well-produced, are so obviously scripted that they feel artificial and forced. The polite arguments between cast members also add less drama than the catfights some American reality shows are known for. But the show still offers lots of voyeuristic guilty pleasure for those looking for an international escape.
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