By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Voyeuristic series raises timely issues for parents, teens.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show sends the message that even families with a strong sense of unity and faith experience troubles that plague parents and teens, including rebellion, drinking, and premarital sex. The world is filled with temptation, and no one is perfect when it comes to coping with it. It does a good job of incorporating a diverse subject pool, including an African-American family and a set of divorced parents. Although all of the families practice Christianity, the message of relying on faith in difficult times can transcend a specific denomination.
Positive Role Models
Parents employ a range of tactics to keep their kids on the straight and narrow, from threats and minor humiliation (forcing a teen to sign a behavioral contract before dating, for example) to ready forgiveness. Some of their actions may not set well with viewers, but they're motivated by love for their kids and a strong sense of values rooted in their religious beliefs. The teens' actions -- and their sense of repentance -- range from misguided to outright defiant.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens kiss, embrace, and engage in some flirtatious touching (squeezing a butt, brushing up against breasts). Sex is discussed at length, including oral sex, blow jobs (though "blow" is edited), "finger" sex, "backdoor" sex, "humping," and full penetration, mostly related to parents' guidelines of what their teens shouldn't be doing. Girls dress in minimal clothing to attract the attention of boys. The harsh repercussions of a teen's unwed pregnancy are explored. Other mature topics like pornography and the influence of alcohol on inhibitions come up as well.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
"Slutty" and the like, with some sexual language bleeped or muted, like the "blow" in "blow job."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Photos and video show teens drinking alcohol and smoking. Participants reference past instances of substance abuse, including smoking weed and doing acid.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Preachers' Daughters exploits emotional moments between parents and their teen daughters in the recognizable fashion of reality TV. Parents and kids often butt heads over family rules about dating and other rites of passage for teens, so yelling, crying, and venting during camera confessionals are to be expected. There's frank talk about sexuality ("finger" sex, oral sex, "backdoor" sex, and penetration are the highlights of a female preacher's teen sex class) and harsh repercussions for those who break rules of conduct, but physical contact is limited to kissing and embracing. Drug and alcohol use is shown as well as discussed as part of teens' behavior. While parents' responses to their daughters' missteps differ, they share a desire to keep their kids on the right path and a respect for religious faith as the basis for their beliefs.
Where to Watch
Based on 2 parent reviews
Report this review
Report this review
What's the Story?
PREACHERS' DAUGHTERS is an unscripted drama series that follows three preachers' families trying to balance the rules of their faith with the worldly desires of their sometimes unruly teen girls. Led by pastor Mark, the Perry family copes with the aftermath of 18-year-old Olivia's unexpected motherhood, and the hits keep coming with some surprising revelations from her and her older sisters. Ken Coleman is determined to safeguard his daughter Taylor's virtue, much to the chagrin of the socialite, who finds her parents' rules too confining. Kolby Koloff's divorced parents -- both of whom are ministers -- may not agree on much, but they see eye to eye on what they expect from her when it comes to relationships with boys. In this series, viewers glimpse the emotional highs and lows indicative of relationships between teens and their parents, especially when their strict family values contradict the temptations of the world.
Is It Any Good?
There's nothing remarkable about the style of Preachers' Daughters, which, like so many reality series before it, taps voyeuristic clips of what would otherwise be intimate conversations between family members or friends for the pleasure of the viewing audience. For their part, none of the participants seem affected by the presence of the cameras (although the teens seem to love it being there at times), and the emotions they share come across as real enough, but it's always hard to swallow the validity of the heart-wrenching exchanges when the camera intrudes on the moments.
That said, the players raise a lot of issues that are relevant to more than just their own lives, and teens and parents who tune in together will have a lot to talk about once the show is over. Dating and sex, drinking, drug use, even basic communication -- these issues and more come to a head, and the characters' candor certainly offers food for thought for viewers on both sides of the generational divide. Even more so does the show's embrace of faith as a source of strength for families struggling with various trials in the home and with their family members.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how the families' rules compare to their own. Are the parents stricter about their kids' conduct because they are preachers? Do the restrictions ever work against them, encouraging rebellious behavior from the teens?
Parents can take this opportunity to reiterate their teens' rules about dating, media use, driving, etc. What are the repercussions for breaking these rules? What role does each play in keeping your kids safe?
How do your families' priorities reflect your religious beliefs or values? Is faith a driving force in your life? How does it help guide your actions?
- Premiere date: March 12, 2013
- Network: Lifetime Television
- Genre: Reality TV
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: March 31, 2022
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Where to Watch
Our Editors Recommend
Best High School Movies
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate