A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series perpetuates sexist stereotypes about women and what they'll do to "get" a man. It also reflects a negative stereotype about meddlesome mothers.
Positive Role Models
Sabato Jr.'s mother schemes with some of the participants to eliminate other women from the competition. The women themselves aren't exactly stellar role models, as they're prone to fighting and other iffy behavior.
Violence & Scariness
Some catty arguing among participants.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some strong sexual innuendo, including references to "getting laid." The women sport lots of low necklines and revealing bikinis. Sabato Jr. and other men often appear shirtless.
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Words like "hell" are audible, while curse words like "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The series is a promotional vehicle for Sabato Jr.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Participants frequently drink wine, cocktails, and champagne.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- in which 13 women try to win the heart of actor/model Antonio Sabato Jr. -- includes lots of catty behavior, sometimes instigated by Sabato Jr.'s own mother. There's also plenty of drinking (cocktails, wine, champagne) and strong sexual innuendo, as well as flirty talk and discussions about failed relationships. Words like "hell" are audible, while curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
Is It Any Good?
While the contestants on My Antonio aren't as over-the-top as those on other similarly themed reality shows, there's still lots of strong sexual innuendo, drinking, and catty arguments. The latter is aggravated by Kabouchy, who seems to think nothing of manipulating her son' dating choices.
Sabato Jr. is a polite and charming host, but that's not enough to disguise the fact that the series does little more than perpetuate sexist stereotypes about women and their supposed need for a man's affection. Tully Jensen's appearance only reinforces this characterization. Bottom line? Like many others, this show's approach to reality romance is less about love and more about creating drama.
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