Marrying the Game

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Rapper and girlfriend try to plan wedding, fight a lot.

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

Positive Messages

The series attempts to show how people who are very different can still build a healthy relationship, but it isn't always successful and ends up sending iffy messages about what makes a healthy adult relationship.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Taylor and Cambridge have very different personalities but are trying to reconcile their differences to make their relationship work. Taylor is sometimes in the news for getting into trouble with the police or his past experience getting shot.

Violence

Frequent arguments, some of which lead to screaming, yelling, and slammed doors.

Sex

References to having sex and "bedroom" activities. Strip clubs are occasionally discussed.

Language

Words like "ass" and "bitch" are audible. Words like "s--t" and "f--k" are frequent but bleeped.

Consumerism

Taylor often points out how he buys his wife and family Mercedes-Benz cars and other expensive items. Chevrolets, Yves Saint Laurent bags, and other brands are visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine and champagne are frequently consumed during wedding planning. Beer and hard alcohol are sometimes visible at parties. References to drug use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that reality show Marrying the Game follows rapper Jayceon Taylor and his partner, Tiffney Cambridge, as they plan their wedding while trying to work on their relationship. Expect some mature topics, not-so-subtle references to sexual activities, heated arguments, and lots of salty vocab ("s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped). Drinking (champagne, wine, hard liquor) is visible, and drug use is occasionally (and subtly) mentioned. High-end brands like Mercedes-Benz are discussed, while Chevy cars and Yves Saint Laurent items are visible.

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What's the story?

MARRYING THE GAME stars rapper Jayceon Taylor (aka The Game) and his fiance, teacher Tiffney Cambridge, as they prepare to get married. The couple, who've been together for eight years and have two children, King Justice and Cali Dream, have decided to tie the knot -- but between Taylor's wild antics and Cambridge's straight-laced, bossy attitude, they often find themselves struggling to get along. It doesn't help that Taylor's \"home boys\" endlessly hang around the house. When things start falling apart, the couple works through their issues and keep reminding each other that people who are very different can still fall in love.

Is it any good?

From arguing over who does more work to complaining about each other to their friends and family, Marrying the Game features all the voyeuristic drama associated with this kind of reality show. While there are some positive messages about commitment and the importance of family, it's often hard to pay attention to them thanks to the couple's endless bickering.

Because Taylor and Cambridge's on-again/off-again wedding plans have been featured in the tabloids, no doubt fans of the rapper will be interested in taking a behind-the-scenes look at their roller coaster-like relationship. Some folks may find the events entertaining, but others may find themselves wondering, given all their issues with each other, why they're getting married in the first place.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how relationships and marriage are portrayed on television. Do you think people's relationships and/or marital problems should be discussed and/or worked out in front of reality TV cameras? Or is this simply done to entertain audiences?

  • Why do you think Taylor and Cambridge opted to allow cameras to follow their wedding planning, even when things start falling apart?

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For kids who love reality shows

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