A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Characters frequently use phrases like "It's who you are inside" and "Love doesn't have a shape or size," which drive home the show's central message of acceptance based on a person's character rather than their appearance. And the bachelor says he'll weigh a woman by "how she carries herself and who she is as a person." But he sends some mixed signals when he fawns over the prettiest contestants and says "they're all so beautiful; they're exactly what I'm looking for." And the fact that each contestant's weight is displayed alongside her age, occupation, etc., doesn't exactly back up the "weight doesn't matter" message. Plus, the fact that the show only includes plus-size women somewhat reinforces the idea that people of a particular body type are only attractive to people with the same body type.
Positive Role Models
Most contestants are good-hearted with true intentions -- and those who fall short are typically kicked to the curb. Many are open with their emotions, too, and share heartbreaking stories about past rejections linked to their struggles with weight. There is some cattiness among the contestants, and some are portrayed as being somewhat desperate to find love.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some cleavage-bearing tops, flirting, and kissing among people who've only known each other for a few hours. But all in all, it's pretty tame. One contestant's claim that "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach -- and his pants" is about as spicy as things get.
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Some audible use of terms like "bitch," plus words like "hottie," "crap," and "sexy." Stronger choices (like "f--k") are bleeped. Characters also mention having "junk in the trunk."
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Products & Purchases
A Phat Farm logo is briefly visible in one scene.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking sometimes leads to overindulgence, but adult characters typically stay in control.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, all in all, this series is a lot tamer than other reality dating competitions when it comes to language and sex. But there might still be a few awkward family-viewing moments when contestants kiss or say something sexually suggestive, which does happen from time to time. In terms of messages and role models, the slant is overwhelmingly positive -- it's all about accepting people for who they are inside. But the show also sends some mixed signals about weight, health, and happiness, which might be tough for younger viewers to reconcile.
Is It Any Good?
If you're already a fan of shows like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, you might want to give More to Love a try. After all, it's basically the same show with curvier contestants. Opulent mansion? Check. Overly dramatic outdoor lighting? Check. Catty women? Check. Prospective dates pulling up in limousines, embarrassing conversations about romance, and awkward PDA? Check, check, and check.
Based on the guilty-pleasure popularity of reality dating shows -- with women especially -- More to Love might find an audience. (And who knows? It might even spawn a spin-off with a plus-sized bachelorette.) But aside from its sometimes-overbearing focus on weight, it doesn't really add anything new to the genre. It means well, but it loses points for things like posting how much participants weigh alongside their name, age, and occupation. After all, if who we are inside is what's truly important, why is that necessary?
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.