Peak Season: Vancouver
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Ski-resort reality doc features drinking and infidelity.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series presents Whistler as a social free-for-all where young adults go to have fun and overindulge. Womanizing and infidelity are major themes of the show.
Positive Role Models
Some male cast members exhibit sexist behaviors. People drink too much and get into silly arguments constantly.
Violence & Scariness
Cast members are shown slapping, hitting, and punching during arguments and bar brawls. One of the cast members constantly talks about punching people in the face.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Whistler is characterized as a womanizing town; infidelity and promiscuity are major themes here. It also contains some sexual innuendo and a few scenes of men and women making out. Some of the male cast members refer to women as "chicks" and "bimbos". Women are shown dancing provocatively and wearing bikinis; men are shown shirtless.
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Curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are muted; occasional screen captions use asterisks to note their use.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cast members drink alcohol (beer, hard liquor, mixed drinks) frequently, appear drunk, and act inappropriately as a result. Drinking and sobriety is discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this trendy Canadian reality doc features continuous conversations about relationships and infidelity, and lots of making out between men and women. Reality characters drink (beer, wine, mixed drinks) a lot, and the combination of relationship woes and intoxication often leads to screaming, hitting, and drunken brawls. Sexist terms like "bimbo" and "chick" are sometimes audible. There is plenty of profanity ("s--t," "f--k"), but these words are completely muted.
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What's the Story?
PEAK SEASON: VANCOUVER is a reality series that follows the lives of seven young adults living and socializing together in the Vancouver ski resort town of Whistler, British Columbia. It features local Whistler native Dré Morel, his on-again off-again girlfriend Amanda Scheller, and Australian native Matthew James, who is trying to enjoy life abroad while maintaining a long-distance relationship with girlfriend Elle Hetherington. Also part of the group is the rather hot-headed Lauren Horton and the womanizing Ian Ross. Local snowboarder Stephanie Just joins the fun when she's not working on her snowboarding career. Together they make their way through the cold days and wild nights of the resort town's peak winter season.
Is It Any Good?
The Canadian docu-soap is similar to shows like The Hills and The City in that it features young people in an exciting town engaged in seemingly endless conversations about their various relationships. While it takes place in a ski resort town, it substitutes downhill action with club action, which plays host to lots of petty arguments and drunken brawls.
The show may be somewhat relatable to viewers who have spent time working and/or living in the artificial environments of seasonal resort towns. But there isn't a whole lot of substance here, and more than one unsavory character. Teens who like this sort of thing might find it mildly entertaining, but overall, this show is pretty boring.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about some of the behaviors being featured here. Do you think drinking and partying has to be part of a resort community's lifestyle? Why or why not? Do you think the people featured here would act the same way if the cameras weren't rolling? Parents: Check out some tips about talking to your kids about reality TV.
- Premiere date: February 14, 2010
- Cast: Lauren Horton, Stephanie Just
- Network: VH1
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: September 19, 2019
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