Pretty Wild!

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Wild teens, no boundaries, and real bad consequences.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series shows how this family lives their lives without boundaries and navigates the trendy and wild side of Hollywood. It also highlights the criminal charges that one daughter is facing as a result of some of her behavior.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Andrea Arlington has difficulty setting up and enforcing rules in her home, but effectively manages the girls’ modeling careers. Tess and Alexis are constantly competing with each other. Tess refuses to follow rules; Alexis is facing criminal charges in connection with a teen burglary ring. Gabrielle acts as the mature parent in the home. The family is very close.

Violence

Alexis is currently facing charges for burglary. The sisters are sometimes shown yelling, screaming, and arguing with each other and with others.

Sex

The women are shown modeling, dancing, and/or hanging out in lingerie (including thongs) and skimpy bathing suits. The older sisters frequently dance on stripper poles. Tess is shown getting her backside rubbed with makeup before going on a fashion runway. Nudity (bare breasts) are blurred.

Language

Words like “bitch” are audible. Curses like “Goddamn,” “s--t,” and “f--k” are bleeped.

Consumerism

Fashion labels like Biatta Intimates and Yves Saint Lauren are visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Underage drinking is visible both in and outside of the home. Tess arrives home in the mornings hung over. The sisters are ADHD and are shown taking their medication.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this voyeuristic reality series, which centers on a former Playboy model and her three uninhibited teenage daughters, is drawing a lot of attention thanks to the unexpected criminal charges filed against one of the young women. It also features a lot of over-the-top behavior thanks to the older daughters’ partying and their mother’s inability to instill boundaries in the home. The women are shown in skimpy lingerie and bathing suits (including thongs). Nudity (bare breasts) is blurred. The older daughters frequently dance provocatively on stripper poles, drink (despite being underage), and appear hung over. Holistic beliefs and the self-help plan “The Secret” are also major themes here. Words like “bitch” are audible; curses like “Goddamn,” “s--t,” and “f--k” are bleeped. Fashion labels like Biatta Intimates and Yves Saint Lauren are visible.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by123chess456 August 30, 2011

Great TV!

Its great, our family uses them as a role model for freedom in the family! We live in a nudist resort and our children can do whatever they want!
Parent of a 9 and 11 year old Written byNo1supermom April 15, 2010

A show about "What not to do" for mom's and dad's

I liked it. I just saw it for the 1st time. Watched 2 half hours back to back. I'm a 39 yr. ols mom of two. I found it fun and interesting. I possitiv... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 29, 2010

not that bad

i dont think alexis is guilty
Kid, 12 years old January 5, 2014

Only Good If You Want to Put Yourself to Sleep

I don't think this show is good at all. The two older girls set some good examples by being motivated to find jobs as models, but then get rid of the good... Continue reading

What's the story?

PRETTY WILD! is a reality series about the trials and tribulations of a mother and three sisters/up-and-coming models living and working in Los Angeles, California. Former Playboy model-turned holistic healer Andrea Arlington is raising her three daughters, 19-year-old adopted daughter Tess Taylor, 18-year-old Alexis Neiers, and 15-year-old Gabrielle Neiers, in a home with little structure and few rules. Thanks to their mother’s unique homeschooling, professional modeling opportunities, and for the two older sisters, lots of partying, they are becoming fixtures of the trendy Los Angeles social scene. But their wild journey takes an unexpected detour when Alexis finds herself in very serious legal trouble. While Andrea rethinks her parenting style, the tight-knit family tries to make sense of what is happening while still trying to live a life without boundaries.

Is it any good?

The original intention of the series was to highlight how these up-and-coming models are following the wild footsteps of their mother. But Alexis’ unexpected arrest in connection with a high-profile teen burglary ring (which occurred while the show was filming) has shifted the voyeuristic show towards a new and more dramatic direction. The result is a program that mixes scenes of the sisters crying over Alexis’ troubles in between their lingerie modeling events and moments of rebellious over-the-top behavior.

The attempt at showcasing the overall family’s uninhibited behavior in the midst of these circumstances not only seems like a poor choice, but also shows the lengths to which some people will go to for a shot at stardom. Ironically, what they unintentionally succeed at doing is showing both parents and teens what can happen when kids choose (and are allowed) to live too much on the wild side.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about boundaries. What is the benefit of having family rules? How does your family make decisions about these rules? Is there such a thing as too many rules? Kids: Are there rules that your family has, but that you don’t agree with? How do you deal with that? Parents: what are the consequences when family members don't follow the rules?

  • Why do people allow themselves to be featured on a reality shows, even when what is being shown isn’t flattering or socially acceptable? Is for the fame? Money? What kind of impact does being on these shows have? Do you think this family’s decision to continue with their show in light of Alexis’ legal problems appropriate? Why or why not?

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