A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Love and romance treated as a game and a means to financial gain. Sleeping with strangers is presented as normal.
Positive Role Models
A lot of contestants are models, beauty contestants, and social media influencers. All claim to be looking for love.
Violence & Scariness
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No nudity, but there's endless sexual innuendo, and hookups are expected. Contestants are usually in bathing suits, underwear, or tight, skin-revealing outfits. References to masturbation. People are shown in bed kissing, hugging; additional sexual behavior is suggested as people move under the covers.
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Words like "bitch" audible. Curses are bleeped, but mouths are only sometimes blurred.
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Products & Purchases
Instagram is referenced, and viewers are invited to post their thoughts on Twitter. Cadillac logos visible on SUVs driving the cast.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of cocktails, wine, champagne, other alcoholic beverages are frequently consumed. Some are seen drinking more than others.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Paradise Hotel is an unscripted series featuring eleven guests who have checked in to an exclusive beach resort to look for love and win some cash. It contains the same adult-oriented content featured in earlier renditions of the show, including lots of sexual innuendo, ranging from quips to video footage that suggests sexual behavior in bed, lots of arguing, drinking, and strong language (although curses are bleeped). Twitter has an important role in the show, and Instagram is sometimes referenced. It contains very questionable messages about what's important when looking for love, and how best to go about creating a relationship.
Is It Any Good?
Like its predecessors, this voyeuristic and predictable series features good-looking people who claim to be looking for love in what amounts to a modern-day meat market. In addition to the sexual attachments cast members are expected to make with one another within an extremely short amount of time, couples must also figure out if they have genuine feelings for one another, all while exploiting each other's desire for romance. The Big Brother-type camera footage of private conversations and intimate moments in bed creates some interesting tensions, but the endless conversations about who has feelings for whom gets tedious rather quickly. All of this produces conflicting and problematic messages about what constitutes falling in love, and the role that sexuality plays in it. It's not easy to take the hookups on unscripted shows seriously, but Paradise Hotel makes it almost impossible.
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