A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes include marriage, divorce, wealth, privilege, entitlement, and self-indulgence.
Positive Role Models
The wives seem friendly but aren't always.
Violence & Scariness
Arguments, yelling. Some suggestions of abusive behavior.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong innuendo. Discussions about genitalia. Infidelity.
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"Ass," "tits," "bitch"; bleeped cursing, rude gestures.
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Products & Purchases
High-end labels; Mercedes-Benz, Apple products.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of wine, cocktails.
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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.
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.
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