Most Eligible Dallas

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Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Boozy, shallow group values status, looks, money, success.

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Positive Messages

The show's promotional materials include the tagline "Status. Money. Looks. Success," which are essentially the shallow values it promotes ... along with cattiness and pointless drama.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some characters are worse than others, but no one is an all-around examplary role model, whether they're body-obsessed, narcissistic, catty, or club crazy. On the plus side, at least one character actively volunteers with an organization to rescue neglected dogs from kill shelters.

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Sex

Some bare male chests and sexual innuendo, along with steamy kissing, etc. Talk of "hooking up." Both men and women are on the prowl for mates at various social functions.

Language

Bleeped swearing includes "motherf--ker" and "s--t." Audible language ranges from "damn" and "hell" to "dick" and "bitch."

Consumerism

Although status is important in this world, you don't see too many brand names. But there are some, including the names of clubs and restaurants the group frequents.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking is big with this group and often includes shots. One character also injects himself daily with a synthetic hormone to help him lose weight and stay thin.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality show touts "status, money, looks, and success" as the key qualities of the exclusive group of friends who spend a lot of their time drinking, partying, and keeping up physical appearances. There's sexual innuendo and steamy kissing, as well as both bleeped swearing (including "motherf--ker") and audible words like "dick," "bitch," and "ass." There's some name dropping, too, in terms of the clubs and restaurants the group frequents.

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What's the story?

MOST ELIGIBLE DALLAS tracks a group of single Texan friends who are looking for love -- or grabbing random hook-ups -- amid the city's vibrant social scene. Most of the action centers on the brewing sexual tension between platonic pals Courtney Kerr and Matt Nordgren, and Matt's new love interest, single mom Neill Skylar. But professional footballer Glenn Pakulak, proudly gay auto enthusiast Drew Ginsburg, and quintessential Dallas girl Tara Harper dish out plenty of drama of their own.

Is it any good?

We're not sure whether the members of this group are truly the "Most Eligible" singles in Dallas. But they're definitely in the running for "Most Vapid," "Most Shallow," and "Most Narcissistic." And the not-so-funny thing is, the men are among the worst when it comes to body image, physical insecurities, and potentially dangerous dieting.

 

Want examples? Just juxtapose NFL punter Glenn's preferred method for slimming down ("I'll just basically starve myself for a couple of days and do three, four cardio sessions every hour," he admits) with weight-conscious Drew's complicated regimen of daily hormone injections and what he describes as a "500-calorie-a-day-diet," combined with gastric bypass surgery, a tummy tuck, and a chest reduction. Whatever's fueling the trend of reality shows set in Texas, we sincerely hope Most Eligible Houston isn't next.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the trend of reality shows set in the South (particularly Texas). From Big Rich Texas to Texas Women to this series, what do you think is behind the trend?

  • How do the characters on this series compare to those featured on other reality shows about people living in the South? Do these characters tend to defy negative stereotypes about Southerners or reinforce them?

  • How real are the show's scenarios? Does anything seem scripted or contrived? Does reality TV have a responsibility to capture life as it actually happens, or is it OK to manipulate reality?

TV details

  • Premiere date: August 15, 2011
  • Network: Bravo
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14

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