A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that, like many shows of its kind, this reality series about a group of competing celebrity party planner hopefuls features lots of negative competitive behavior, including heated arguments and sabotage. Audible language includes words like "damn" and bitches," while stronger words (including "f--k") are bleeped. People on the show drink (wine, beer, hard liquor) very frequently, and women are sometimes shown dressed in string bikinis and skimpy outfits and are often invited to events to increase their appeal. The series is sponsored by LG Electronics, and the company's logo and products are clearly visible in every episode.
What's the story?
PARTY MONSTERS: CABO follows nine aspiring celebrity party planners as they compete for the chance to coordinate events for the rich and famous. Each week the contestants develop a party concept designed to impress celebrity clients like Sean "Diddy" Combs, 50 Cent, and Carmen Electra. The novice planner with the best pitch is responsible for pulling off the celeb's sizzling Hollywood-worthy fiesta in 24 hours. If the big blowout fizzles, the unlucky planner -- along with two others -- is at risk of getting kicked out of the gang's posh Cabo digs and being eliminated from the competition. The last contestant standing will receive a $100,000 dream job planning celebrity events for a year.
Is it any good?
The series showcases the hard work that goes into setting up over-the-top star-studded events. It doesn't hesitate to show how unglamorous event planning can really be, no matter how high profile your clients are -- just like anyone else, the rich and famous can turn on you quickly if your party fails to live up to their expectations and/or threatens their reputation.
But outside of watching contestants focus on the mundane details of putting a party together, this voyeuristic show offers little more than a chance to watch contestants argue and insult each other before, during, and after every event. (And when those scenes aren't front and center, shots of people drinking, "dirty" dancing, and engaging in other hedonistic pursuits are.) Older teens and adults may find it an entertaining guilty pleasure, but overall this show doesn't offer much to party about.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what drives people to participate in reality TV competitions. Can a show like this really jumpstart a person's career, or is this just their 15 minutes of fame? Will losing hurt their reputation? Families can also discuss what it takes to become a high-profile event planner. What skills does an event planner have to have to be successful? What are the challenges? Are planners who work with celebrities and other high-profile clients more successful than those who work for people who aren't in the limelight?