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 MFF: Mom Friends Forever is a sweet reality show about a set of Midwestern mom pals and is not likely to interest kids or teens. The friends of the title are supportive and kindly with each other, if sometimes mildly mocking with their teenage kids and husbands. Both are enthusiastic drinkers, making cocktails and drinking wine and champagne onscreen. We don't see anyone drunk, however, and the drinking comes off as festive, not compulsive. There are some mild references to sex. The two moms frequently disparage their children, calling them brats, selfish, and lazy, but they also love them deeply and are clearly responsible parents.
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What's the story?
In MFF: MOM FRIENDS FOREVER, Kate Frisina-White and Judi Diamond are longtime friends in St. Louis who are taking their video blog, Lipstick 'n' Laundry, to the next level with this reality series about their lives and friendship. Both women have two teenaged kids, jobs, and husbands, though Judi's husband is on his way out since the pair are divorcing. On MFF: Mom Friends Forever, Judi and Kate navigate life's ordinary ups and downs, such as a child graduating from high school or throwing a baby shower for a friend. We see them with their families, and then alone, dishing the dirt on said family with each other. Throughout, the women are vociferously close: \"Judi and I are married, in every sense except sex,\" says Kate. Yep, looks that way.
Is it any good?
Portraits of loving female friendships are a bit rare on television, where it's more likely women will fight over men or throw each other into swimming pools rather than dole out hugs when they're needed. Thus to view Kate and Judi's extremely sweet and supportive friendship is an uplifting tonic. "Whatever you need, I'll do and be there," says Judi to Kate when the two are planning a party, unwittingly summing up their friendship. The two women have their problems: Judi is divorcing, Kate's two teenaged boys do nothing around the house and don't appreciate their mom. But Judi and Kate have each other, and they clearly relish hanging out together to decompress.
Younger kids probably won't enjoy MFF: Mom Friends Forever; the action is too mild and talky to hold their attention. And though teens may not be interested in storylines like the throwing of a baby shower, MFF: Mom Friends Forever would be great for them to watch and see a real, functional female friendship, and maybe gain more sympathy for their own moms at the same time. Moms are the ones who will really appreciation MFF: Mom Friends Forever, and will recognize their own friendships in Judi and Kate's: ribald, frank, and utterly sweet.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether MFF: Mom Friends Forever is a realistic portrait of a female friendship. Do you have friends like Judi or Kate? Do you do things that are like the things they do? Does their dialogue ring true to you?
Is it common on television to see good female friends portrayed? Can you think of any other shows that resolve around best friends? How are they like Judi and Kate? How are they different?
What audience do you think Nick Jr. is trying to reach with MFF: Mom Friends Forever? Are they hoping young people will watch, or people the same age as Judi and Kate? Men or women? What about the show gives you this idea?
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