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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality series about seven young professionals involved in the Miami social scene features lots of narcissistic and superficial conversations about looks, fashion, and being part of the "it" crowd. Characters smoke and drink frequently; the latter often leads to catty arguing. Expect plenty of strong language (words like "bitch" and "bang" are audible, while those like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped) and sexual innuendo, including discussion about sexuality and references to various sexual acts.
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What's the story?
MIAMI SOCIAL follows the lives of seven friends who consider themelves to be part of Miami's "it crowd.." There's mortgage broker George Branch, his ex-wife/best friend Sorah Daiha, fashion photographer Maria Lankina, and VIP party planner (and former Big Brother star) Hardy Hill. Freelance editor Michael Cohen, former Apprentice cast member Katrina Campins, and fashion producer Ariel Stein round out the group. From helping each other with relationship issues to competing for a reputation as Miami's hottest young professionals, their lives endlessly intertwine as they work and play throughout the city's South Beach area.
Is it any good?
Miami Social offers little more than a voyeuristic opportunity to watch narcissistic, self-absorbed young adults talk about themselves and each other. Like most reality shows of this kind, dating and relationship issues are front and center. But some of the cast members' banter about their own looks -- and the looks and style of others -- is so superficial and obnoxious that you have to wonder whether it's being staged for the cameras.
While some viewers may find the cast's self-importance and conceit morbidly fascinating (if not exactly entertaining), overall the show is pretty boring. You may find yourself wondering whether this is what the cast of The Hills or NYC Prep is going to look, act, and sound like 10 years down the road. Bottom line? These folks may be part of Miami's social center, but as far as good entertainment goes, this show misses the mark by a mile.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the real-life consequences of the kind of behavior that's frequently depicted on reality shows -- like drinking and casual sex. Do you think some reality show stars act so outrageously just because the cameras are there? Or are they really just being themselves?
Famlies can also discuss what it would be like to live and work in an environment like the one on the show. Do you think "scenes" like this are as posh and glamorous as the media sometimes suggest?
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