New Money

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Over-the-top spending by the newly rich not all that fun.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Money is for spending; good taste not required. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Newly wealthy are materialistic, lack humility.

Violence

Expensive decor includes torture devices. 

Sex

Revealing outfits; explicit pictures blurred. Sex toys. 

Language

"Bitch," "hell," "ass"; bleeped cursing.

Consumerism

Bentley, Dior, Louis Vuitton. Red Bull cans; logo hidden. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of drinking (champagne, wine, cocktails), hookah pipes. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that New Money is a reality show that pokes fun at people spending their newly found wealth on over-the-top things. Not surprisingly, the list of high-end brands shown and discussed is endless. It also contains sexual innuendo, skimpy clothing, and strong language (curses bleeped). There's lots of drinking too. 

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What's the story?

NEW MONEY is a reality series that introduces viewers to "new money" millionaires and reveals how far they'll go to spend endless amounts of money. Each episode compares the tasteless spending habits of three people who are enjoying new wealth -- either their own or their partners'. From endless plastic surgeries and elaborate orgy-themed bedrooms to underwater family photo shoots and rhinestone-studded headgear, the members of the nouveau riche detail how they're making the most of their status among the wealthy upper crust. At the end of each episode, the three individuals are ranked based on how much they spend and how over the top they are.  

Is it any good?

The series mixes reality and comedy by poking fun at the superficial, materialistic, over-the-top spending habits of people who have come into lots of money and are trying too hard to make the most of it. And much like its cast, it offers lots of shine and little substance.

Some of these folks are simply enjoying the ability to shop and show off, but viewers may recognize some of them from other reality shows that highlight their odd or extreme behaviors. As a result, regardless of how legitimately hard they work to earn their money and how philanthropic they might be, it's just too hard to take them seriously.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what the term "new money" means. How do people go from having little money to being wealthy? Is this necessarily a good thing? What are some of the media stereotypes that exist about people who become rich? 

  • If you suddenly became wealthy, what would you spend your money on? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: May 29, 2015
  • Network: E!
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming

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