Secrets and Wives

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Bland Real Housewives wannabe is full of arguing.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Themes include marriage, divorce, wealth, privilege, entitlement, and self-indulgence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The wives seem friendly but aren't always. 

Violence

Arguments, yelling. Some suggestions of abusive behavior. 

Sex

Strong innuendo. Discussions about genitalia. Infidelity.  

Language

"Ass," "tits," "bitch"; bleeped cursing, rude gestures. 

Consumerism

High-end labels; Mercedes-Benz, Apple products. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of wine, cocktails. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Secrets and Wives is a reality show about a group of affluent, suburban Long Island women. It contains lots of mature themes, including divorce and extramarital affairs. There's also a lot of sexual innuendo, strong language ("bitch," "ass"; rude gestures, bleeped cursing), expensive labels, and drinking (wine, champagne, cocktails). Apple products are prominently shown. Kids probably won't be interested in the details of these ladies' lives. 

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What's the story?

SECRETS AND WIVES is a reality series about a group of suburban women living in an exclusive Long Island area. It features Cori Goldfarb, Liza Sandler, Amy Miller, Andi Black, and Gail Greenberg, who all grew up on the exclusive North Shore. Joining their inner circle is Susan Doneson, who grew up in the less sophisticated South Shore. From plastic-surgery fashion shows to raising their teen and adult children, the women spend their time planning social functions, breaking up with and reconnecting with men, and keeping up with the gossipy secrets about each other. They don't always get along, but in the end they consider themselves to be part of a special sisterhood. 

Is it any good?

The voyeuristic series feels like a distant cousin of the Real Housewives franchise thanks to its rather bland and unoriginal look at the suburban lives of a group of women focused on money, looking good, and enjoying a life of privilege. It also features all the expected dramatic arguing and relationship problems that one expects from reality shows of this kind. 

There are lots of conversations about who is (or was) dating whom, lucrative divorce settlements, and, of course, one another. This not only serves to highlight their affluence but reveals how disconnected they are from the larger community around them. It doesn't make any of the women particularly likable. But if you aren't looking for anything too stimulating, you might find it appealing. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reasons people agree to appear on reality shows. What makes them special or entertaining enough to star in a TV show? Why do people watch them? 

  • Do you always get along with your friends? How do you resolve conflicts if not? 

TV details

For kids who love reality TV

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