New York Goes to Work



More of the same iffy stuff from VH1's reality "celebrity."

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Greed and "doing anything for fame" are the two main themes here -- neither of which is a great take-away for viewers.

Positive role models

New York shows little interest in exhibiting a good work ethic; she frequently flips out and seems only motivated by cash.


The jobs aren't violent, but New York screams and yells a lot when she's overwhelmed by a difficult task. She's also shown throwing up after seeing rats.


Frequent, strong sexual innuendo. The opening credits feature an animated New York wearing short shorts and tight shirts, with watching men and dogs engaging in some lewd behavior. When not in a uniform, New York sports a lot of skin in real life, too.


Plenty of strong language. Words like "hell," "bitch," "piss," and "ass" are frequent, while stronger choices ("s--t," "f--k") are bleeped.


The logos of the companies that New York works for are clearly visible on vans and uniforms. Employees refer to company names frequently. The whole series is also a promotional vehicle for New York herself.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

References to drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this series -- which follows reality show veteran New York as she tries a variety of viewer-chosen jobs -- has some funny moments, the overall messages about doing anything for fame and money are troubling. As per usual, New York also wears a lot of tight, revealing clothing and uses plenty of salty language ("hell," "bitch," "ass," etc.; "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped). Expect strong sexual innuendo and references to alcohol, too. Bottom line? This is guilty-pleasure TV intended for adults.

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What's the story?

NEW YORK GOES TO WORK is the latest reality show starring one-time Flavor of Love contestant Tiffany "New York" Pollard. This time, she's seeking (more) fame and fortune by letting viewers put her to work. Each week, audiences text their vote for one of three potential employment opportunities, which range from working at a bakery to pig farming. At the winning job site, New York must complete three specific tasks in order to earn a $10,000 check. If she doesn't complete the tasks to her boss' satisfaction, she walks away with nothing.

Is it any good?


The show is a departure from New York's other shows (including I Love New York and New York Goes to Hollywood), because it takes some decision-making power away from New York and puts it in viewers' hands. It might seem like harmless fun -- especially compared to those shows -- and it's definitely hard not to laugh when watching New York try her hand at milking cows and/or completely flipping out when working alongside pest control professionals.

But her willingness to work at places that have been specifically chosen to make her look like a fool seems like a desperate ploy for attention. It's also rooted in absolute greed. Although New York sometimes admits to gaining a new respect for the people who actually do some of these jobs on a regular basis, she only ever seems genuinely satisfied by her experiences when she has her cash in hand. It may be entertaining, but the messages this show sends are fundamentally disturbing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why some people who appear on reality shows go on to become reality "celebrities." Why do they "deserve" their own shows? What do they get from their time in the spotlight?

  • You can also talk about the things that people will do on reality shows to win money. When do these kinds of stunts go too far?

  • What kind of role model is New York?

TV details

Cast:Tiffany Pollard
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Parent of a 12 year old Written byapplesdude June 26, 2009
I love this show it could help people learn to be grateful for their stuff
Adult Written byErok23 June 15, 2009


This show is a complete joke. I cant believe I wasted 5 mins. of my life watching this show. First off, Ms. New York is a foul-mouthed, ungreatful, and extremely disrespecful person. I cannot believe anyone would actually send the text to pick her next job. It cost $1 plus your standard text messaging rates. I would much rather donate $1 to a charity or someone who is starving in a 3rd world country. This lady doesn't need to be famous anymore than the woman who had octuplets not to long ago. Actually both of those two are alike in many ways...... The main one being they are the UGLIEST human beings on the inside. For the hope of God please do not make a 2nd season it would be a good waste of expensive film and money paid to the filming crew! I could think of a million different things people could do with 30 mins. of their lives that is worth more than watching this terrible show! I only hope is that New York has one more show....called "New York Goes AWAY!"


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