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Melissa & Tye
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 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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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