A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show is basically a superficial examination of wealth and privilege.
Positive Role Models
This is a group of women who are depicted as hard drinking and shallow, materialistic and gossipy. There are a few references to hard work and humble beginnings, but that is definitely not the focus. One of the women begs her plastic surgeon husband for Botox shots at the dinner table in front of their kids. Another is constantly joking about (and actually drinking) alcohol.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are a lot of revealing outfits; a scene at a plastic surgeon's office shows a bare-chested woman with her pixelated breasts.
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One cast member refers to another as a "fake-ass bitch", damn, hell. "F--k" and "a--hole" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Luxury brands and logos are constantly being referenced and displayed: Hermès, Mercedes. One of the women says the Rolls Royce she's driving was a Mother's Day present.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Nearly every get-together involves endless amounts of wine and cocktails. Even a trip through a fast food drive-thru for tacos ends with two cast members having a makeshift picnic on the trunk of their car, and they get drunk thanks to the booze in the car's built-in "champagne fridge". (Thankfully, they do call a friend to pick them up instead of driving away drunk after their meal.)
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Second Wives Club is another E! reality series in the vein of the Real Housewives franchise, centered on the gossip-filled lives and manufactured dramas of ladies who lunch. This time, the "twist" is that the self-absorbed divas being filmed are the wives and fiancées of rich, powerful men who've been married before (sometimes multiple times). The age differences between the couples is notable, at least two of the men are 25+ years older than the women. "Gold-digging" is definitely a concept addressed here. There's also a lot of plastic surgery, shopping, and wine -- and some off-color jokes about vaginas and placenta-eating.
Is It Any Good?
In a world already oversaturated with reality shows about the rich and vacuous, did we really need another barely-distinguishable variation on this tired theme? There have been 9 offshoots of the Real Housewives franchise alone, to say nothing of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its attendant spinoffs. Sure, the voyeuristic look into how super-loaded Hollywood types live can provide the occasional chuckle or raised eyebrow, but overall, the overwhelming materialism and cattiness of Second Wives Club brings nothing new to the table.
It's hard to take the blatantly manufactured dramas of this show seriously, and you have to wonder why any of these people are even friends when they are repeatedly shown lying to each other, purposefully stirring up trouble, or just plain being jerks. If you're in the right mood, these types of shows can definitely be a "guilty pleasure", but overall this one's just kind of depressing.
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