Married to Medicine

 
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Doctors' wives operate with competitive, catty behavior.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The focus is on competition between women and the gossip and backbiting that accompanies it. There's an emphasis on material success.

Positive role models

The women often judge each other based on past socioeconomic backgrounds and education level, among other things, and can be very unkind to one another. The majority of the cast is African-American, and though some suggest this show could highlight the contributions of the African-American community to the medical field, this show does not represent anyone in a positive light.

Violence

Contains endless gossip-fueled arguments between the doctors' wives. Arguments escalate to physical altercations that include hair pulling, pushing, slapping, and shoving. A cast member and her physician-husband have arrest records due to a domestic dispute; a mug shot is shown.

Sex

The women often wear tight, sexy dresses. Sexual activity and women's health issues are sometimes discussed; brief scenes of medical and/or delivery room procedures are also shown. A cast member is referred to as a "whore."

Language

Words like "goddamn" and "bitch" are frequently audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped. Some name-calling like "whore."

Consumerism

Logos for luxury items like Chanel bags, Mercedes-Benz, computers like Apple and Toshiba, and liquor like Absolut vodka are visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine, champagne, cocktails, and hard liquor is frequently consumed over meals, during cocktail parties, and other social events.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Jacqueline Walters, Mariah Huq, Quad Webb-Lunceford
Network:Bravo
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byH8_Uppity_People May 31, 2013
 

Rated PG all right...Pure Garbage

It's sad that networks feel that they have to put shows on that trumpet all of our worst flaws: self-centered narcissism, materialism, and bigotry.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byjayg1 July 27, 2015
 
The show is terrible. It represents nothing but a bunch of drama like everything on t.v nowadays. Is a bunch of ungrateful females married to doctors probably only because of the money factor.
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Too much consumerism

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