Parents' Guide to

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Window into cultural traditions, with some stereotyping.

TV TLC Reality TV 2012
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Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+


I see the same Mother for multiple young ladies. This show is fake she has been in the one where she gives her daughter a milk bath to make her a virgin again, and now in the woods with 2 more daughters and gorger dudes doing a ritual. Seen to many reaccuring people. A good soap opera.
age 18+
another trashy show. what has happened to TLC. if TLC puts shows like this on how about making a show of my dog pooping it couldnt be as bad as this show. take it off. its not good for any age group

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The show offers a voyeuristic look into the lives of communities that have historically been very secretive about their traditions and practices, the result of which has been social stereotyping, negative media portrayals, and persecution. While it breaks down some of the stereotypes surrounding them, it doesn't offer a lot of historical or social context for the various practices being presented here. As a result, some of the customs seem bizarre and out of place in mainstream British society.

Nonetheless, the picture being painted here is largely sympathetic, especially when older generations talk about the love they have for their way of life, and how difficult it has become to hold on to it because of influences like the Internet, popular culture, and local British laws. The communities' love of family, especially for their children and grandchildren, is also evident here. You may not agree with their beliefs or lifestyle, but you will at least be able to understand, if not appreciate, what their culture means to them.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: April 29, 2012
  • Cast: Thelma Madine
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: October 14, 2022

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