Manzo'd with Children

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Real Housewives spin-off has cursing, drinking, innuendo.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Love and the importance of family take center stage, but family drama, drinking, and carousing are big parts of the show's appeal, too.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Caroline is a devoted mom. Once home, Chris and Albie are sometimes inconsiderate of others living in the home. 

Violence

Caroline often loses her temper and yells at her adult kids; frequent arguments between family members sometimes lead to throwing and breaking things.

Sex

Lots of crude sexual comments about genitals, including references to "balls" and "d--ks." One scene shows Albert Sr. holding Caroline's breasts to help her weigh them. Shirtless men, suggestive touching, and other behavior is visible during wild partying. 

Language

Words such as "hell" audible; stronger curses are frequent but bleeped. 

Consumerism

Lauren's make-up store, Cafface Beauty Bar, is featured. Glamour magazine is discussed. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of drinking, ranging from wine during dinner to multiple shots, beer, and hard liquor consumed during wild social events. The Manzo boys are opening a sports bar. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Real Housewives of New Jersey spin-off Manzo'd with Children underscores the importance of family but also features lots of strong language ("hell," "d--k," and bleeped curses), drinking (wine, cocktails, beer), and innuendo, including crude sexual jokes, partially clad men, and some suggestive touching. Arguing also is frequent and sometimes results in things getting thrown.

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What's the story?

MANZO'D WITH CHILDREN is a reality spin-off starring The Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member Caroline Manzo as she adjusts to having her adult children back under her roof. Along with her husband, Albert, Caroline copes with the return of her sons, Chris and Albie, who have moved back home to save money for their next business venture. Meanwhile, engaged daughter Lauren doesn't plan to move out until she gets married. Adding to the fray is Caroline's sister-in-law, Jacqueline, who lives close enough to drop by often. From dealing with her sons' messy habits to helping Lauren with her wedding, Caroline bides her time before she and her husband can have their house to themselves. 

Is it any good?

Manzo'd with Children revolves around Caroline who, as the family matriarch, attempts to support her children while simultaneously looking forward to the day when they move out of the house. However, it's the colorful personalities of the adult Manzo kids that make it interesting. 

There's lots of humor, as well as some quirky moments. Occasional family arguments also add some minor drama. But overall the series isn't particularly original. Nonetheless, fans of the franchise most likely will find it entertaining.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reality spin-offs. What makes a reality show cast member worthy of having her own series? Is it her personality? Her flair for the dramatic? Something else? How different should a reality spin-off be from the TV show from which it evolved?

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For kids who love reality shows

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