What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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.