Melissa & Tye

Common Sense Media says

Mild reality show about family, career, and Hollywood.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series highlights the challenges that come with trying to balance careers and family, but not in an in-depth way. The importance of family and being good parents is underscored. God is also discussed.

Positive role models

The down-to-earth couple is very close and committed to their marriage, their daughter, and their careers. Tye describes himself as Melissa's "protector."


Tye is a gun owner and believes in having guns in the home to protect his family. Guns and rifles are briefly visible both at home and at a shooting range.


Some mild sexual innuendo, including male cast members occasionally stripping down to their underwear. Cast members are also shown going to the bathroom on the side of the road (but no nudity is visible). Melissa's jobs sometimes feature her in some steamy kissing scenes.

Not applicable

Logos for moving companies like Two Men and A Truck and Penske are visible. Magazines like In Touch and other media outlets are referenced and/or visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Alcohol (wine, cocktails) is visible over meals and during parties.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Melissa & Tye is pretty mild by reality standards, but still features some sexual innuendo and a bit of steamy kissing. Guns are sometimes visible, but not in a violent context. Drinking during parties or over dinner is sometimes visible. All this aside, the series contains some positive messages, including the importance of finding balance between career and family.

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What's the story?

MELISSA & TYE features former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader- turned-reality celeb Melissa Rycroft and her husband, Tye Strickland, as they begin their new lives in Los Angeles, California. After being rejected on The Bachelor and becoming a finalist on Dancing With The Stars, Rycroft's career in the entertainment industry has begun to take off. Along with daughter Ava, the couple relocates from their hometown of Dallas, Texas, so that Rycroft can continue to pursue her career. Being in California has its perks, but the couple must face lots of daily challenges, including coping with Tye's weekly travel schedule, and trying to find balance between career demands and being a parent. It isn't easy, but throughout it all, the two know that they can rely on each other for support.

Is it any good?


Melissa & Tye highlights the challenges that married couples often face when trying to build a life and family together while also building their individual careers. The show highlights the importance of having a supportive family when trying to overcome daily challenges. Thanks to their down-to-earth personalities, both Melissa and Tye are pretty likable, too.

It's pretty tame by reality show standards, but occasional scenes featuring folks in their underwear and actors playing some steamy scenes make for some iffy moments. But the messages are largely positive, and folks looking for some mild voyeuristic entertainment will probably like what they see here.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about reality shows. What makes people interesting enough to star in their own reality show? Why do people agree to do it? Is it money? Fame? Or something else? Do you think the personal problems people are having should be aired on television as a form of entertainment?

  • How real is what you're seeing onscreen? What do you think has been edited out?

TV details

Cast:Eva Strickland, Melissa Rycroft, Tye Strickland
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Sports and martial arts
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byJennifer38 April 26, 2012

Finally a reality show a family can watch!

This is such a cute show! Melissa and Tye are both very likeable and FUNNY. They both seem very down to earth. A lot of funny scenes in the premiere ep that are relatable. Their daughter is an absolute doll. I would give this a try if you're looking for a cute reality show that can be watched by the whole family and isn't full of trainwreck drama.


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