Parents' Guide to

My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Voyeuristic look into the world of the American Gypsy.

TV TLC Reality TV 2012
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My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding offers a voyeuristic look into the lives of American Roma and Traveller communities, whose ancestors were shipped from Europe to American southern plantations as slaves or who arrived Stateside during the immigration waves in the mid 1800s. But unlike their European counterparts, many of the families featured on the show have chosen to hold on to their traditions while blending into a mainstream middle-class lifestyle.

While most of the show's focus is on how wildly extravagant their outfits are and how wild their behavior can become during celebrations, it also underscores many of the cultural practices that sets them apart from other American ethnic communities, which range from extremely patriarchal ways of thinking about women to dealing with the many stereotypes used to define them. Viewers may find their way of life out of touch or extreme, but they may also be surprised by how they are able to hold on to these values within mainstream American culture.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: April 29, 2012
  • Cast: Sondra Celli
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 16, 2023

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