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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While some employees are hard and committed workers, some employees' behavior sends negative messages about professionalism and common decency. Catty behavior between women is highlighted and portrayed as normal.
Positive Role Models
Management is strict, but some of the cast members are openly hostile toward their colleagues and attempt to sabotage them in order to get attention, work shifts, and tips.
Violence & Scariness
Catty arguing is frequent. Some of the servers slightly push, purposely bump into, and throw alcohol at each other as they fight for clients and attention.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Tight-fitting T-shirts and fishnet stockings are worn by various female servers. Looking and acting sexy is a big part of the women's job. The restaurant is known for its mechanical bull ride, which often leads to some suggestive movements.
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Words like "bitch" and "douche ball" and curses like "s--t" and "f--k" (which are bleeped) are used frequently.
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Products & Purchases
The series is a promotional vehicle for Saddle Ranch Chop House as well as its showbiz wannabes. Saddle Ranch owner Larry Pollack drives a Rolls Royce.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Saddle Ranch is known for its fun bar scene, and bartenders are expected to play this up. Drinking (beer, cocktails, mixed drinks, shots) is frequently and prominently featured, though customers (not employees) are the heavy drinkers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series about bartenders and servers at an iconic Hollywood bar/restaurant includes frequent and plentiful alcohol served to customers (beer, cocktails, hard liquor, shots). There's also lots of cat-fighting and competitive behavior, salty language ("piss," "hell," "douche"; stronger curses are bleeped). Tight-fitting outfits and sexy mechanical bull rides are also visible.
Is It Any Good?
The series takes a look behind the scenes at some of what makes Saddle Ranch the popular eatery that it is, including its strict management rules, rock-n-roll edginess, and history of bartenders making it big (like American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson). But the show's real highlight is the conflict created by some of the staff's big personalities, which leads to catfights and other unprofessional behavior.
In between the arguing and serving drinks and steak dinners, the series does offer some storylines about folks' efforts to break into show business. But these narratives are secondary to the voyeuristic drama that takes place in this hip restaurant world. No doubt that reality fans who like this sort of thing will find it entertaining.
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