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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that OutDaughtered is a reality show featuring a family raising six daughters, including a set of quintuplets. While generally mild, there is some iffy language and there are some tense moments when the babies are delivered, vaccinated, and occasionally treated for medical problems. There's a little sexual innuendo, but overall it's one of the more harmless reality shows out there.
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What's the story?
OUTDAUGHTERED is a reality series about Adam and Danielle Busby, parents of the first set of all-female quintuplets born in the United States. The Houston couple, who have a 3-year-old daughter named Blayke, are now raising Hazel Grace, Parker Kate, Riley Paige, and Olivia Marie and Ava Lane, who happen to be identical twins. Raising six daughters is a round-the-clock job, so they rely on the help of family, including Danielle's sisters, Ashley and Crystal, and her eccentric mom, Mimi, to help them with baths, bottles, and visits to the doctor. It isn't easy, but no matter how tired they are, they enjoy their family every single day.
Is it any good?
The reality doc offers a rather mundane look at the everyday challenges that come with raising multiples. What sets it apart from other multiple birth-themed shows such as Kate Plus 8 is the fact that these quintuples, who were conceived with the help of fertility treatments, are the first all-female set born in the U.S., as well as the first set of surviving quintuplets in the United States since 1969.
The quints are certainly novel, and there are a few lighthearted moments here and there. Grandma Mimi occasionally makes things interesting, especially when she makes the more challenging baby-rearing moments about her. But most of the series is spent creating voyeuristic entertainment out of the otherwise tedious routines required for keeping a household full of small children of the same age running as smoothly as it can.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the fascination people have with multiples. What makes shows such as this one interesting to viewers? Why do you think the families agree to be on TV?
Do shows such as this one offer lessons about the challenges that come with giving birth to, and raising, so many children at once? Or are these shows designed to entertain audiences by highlighting the uniqueness of the whole experience?
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