A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Married to Medicine is similar to many other Bravo reality shows featuring a group of wealthy women who compete with each other and get into frequent arguments. Expect lots of cursing ("bitch," "goddamn"; stronger words bleeped), high-end logos, drinking, and discussions about sexual behavior.
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What's the story?
MARRIED TO MEDICINE is a reality series that features members of a women-centered inner-circle of Atlanta's medical community. The series stars Mariah Huq, the self-proclaimed leader of the social group, and fellow physicians' wives Kari Wells and Toya Bush-Harris. Sometimes joining them are obstetricians Simone Whitmore and Jaqueline Walters. Rounding out the gang is newcomer Quad Webb-Lunceford, a new doctor's wife who is still learning the ropes. As they each deal with the ups and downs of being a part of a physician's world in their own way, they also navigate the social rules and expectations of city's intimate medical society.
Is it any good?
Married to Medicine offers a voyeuristic look into the lives of women who are affiliated with the Atlanta-based high-society medical community. It attempts to show how these physicians' wives must balance the demands of their husbands' careers, while adjusting their behavior to meet a public code of conduct that they are expected to adhere to. However, the relationship between these doctors' wives and the female doctors who form part of this group is awkward at best, thanks to the wives' constant gossipy conversations, petty disagreements, and cat fights.
Some cast members state a desire to positively showcase the city's largely African-American medical community, but what is revealed here is a competitive and non-supportive environment in which women are expected to navigate. Some of the wives often flaunt the wealth they now enjoy thanks to their husbands, making it difficult to appreciate the compromises they are making in order to enjoy this lifestyle. Viewers who are unaware of this unique upscale physician culture may find it interesting, but it is hard to take any of the people featured here very seriously.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about doctors. How has the media portrayed doctors throughout the years? Do you think these representations create unrealistic and/or unfair expectations about them? Does this show give you any new insight into the medical community?
Why do you think these women and their spouses agreed to be on a reality show? What are some of the potential consequences for practicing physicians showing some of their personal lives on a show like this?
What is the appeal of shows like this -- where women get together to drink and argue? What does the popularity of these shows say about our culture?
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