A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about being true to one's self and finding one's own path.
Positive Role Models
Julia Haart and her family exhibit bravery, compassion, loyalty, and creativity.
Violence & Scariness
Brief discussion of violence (e.g., domestic violence is mentioned in a conversation).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussions about sex, including jokes about specific sex acts. Couples are occasionally seen in bed together.
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Profanity throughout the show: the "f--k," "s--t," "ass," etc.
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Products & Purchases
My Unorthodox Life is in part about Julia Haart's career and features plotlines about the companies and brands she works with.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol is consumed throughout (though Miriam Haart, who is 20 years old, is not seen drinking). No smoking or drug use are shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Unorthodox Life is a reality show about Julia Haart, a fashion entrepreneur and CEO who lived in a strict Orthodox Jewish community until she was 40. The show focuses on Haart's work and family life, especially how her breaking away from her Orthodox background has affected their lives. Haart describes Orthodox Judaism as "fundamentalist" and frequently discusses the effects that the religious doctrine has had on her. One major focus is Orthodox Judaism's treatment of women, which Julia paints in a negative light. The show does not offer much in the way of an opposing viewpoint, but several characters do have an ongoing relationship with the Jewish community where Julia was raised. Some viewers may feel that Orthodox Judaism is portrayed unfairly, and that Julia's descriptions perpetuate stereotypes about the Jewish community.
Is It Any Good?
While it follows the same patterns as a typical reality series, Julia Haart's story does offer a unique perspective that can't really be found anywhere else on television. My Unorthodox Life is compelling both because of the force of Haart's personality and because it broaches the complex relationship between comformist religion and contemporary life. Subplots revolve around one Haart daughter's bisexuality and another's marriage to a man who expected to live in the same Orthodox community for the rest of his life. The show offers mostly unsurprising, superficial takes on the topics, but the fact that the discussions are happening at all is intriguing.
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