Parents' Guide to

NYC Prep

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Reality show take on Gossip Girl life falls flat.

TV Bravo Reality TV 2009
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

Seriously Disturbing

If anyone needs validation that our country is turning into ancient Rome, watch NYC Prep. One episode will do. Then you'll never have to watch it again and Don't Let Your Kids Watch

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
Kids say (3):

Pointing out the fact that NYC Prep is a real-life Gossip Girl is sort of overstating the obvious. But even if you don't want to admit it (or watch it), it offers a fascinating and sometimes frightening peek into the world of the wealthiest 1 percent -- a world most of us will never experience firsthand.

After all, these cocktail-swilling kids are trying so hard to act like adults: They have the money to buy $675 sunglasses but lack the maturity to understand how life really works when you're trying to pay your own way. And yet they're fully aware that starring on a reality show somehow makes them even more "important." With that knowledge -- and the means to do pretty much whatever they want -- they're all too willing to preen and spout self-assured statements like "If you were a veggie burger, I'd so eat you."

TV Details

  • Premiere date: June 23, 2009
  • Network: Bravo
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: October 13, 2022

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