A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Overall, the series celebrates a rather elitist, materialistic way of looking at the world.
Positive Role Models
The cast members are materialistic and preoccupied by social status. While some of them appear to be friends, they engage in lots of gossipy, catty behavior. Not a lot of diversity in the cast.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent arguing; cast members are also occasionally shown pushing and shoving each other.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some hugging, kissing, and occasional strong sexual innuendo. Some of the cast members are shown wearing bikinis and sexy clothing. The female cast members frequently squabble over men. References to some cast members acting like "cougars" and using men for money. In one episode, a reference is made to "raping one's innocence."
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Words like "bitch" are audible, while curses like "f--k" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Labels like Chanel and Ralph Lauren are discussed. Some cast members are shown using their iPods. One of the cast members is trying to launch a ski clothing line.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent alcohol consumption (wine, champagne), especially during social gatherings and meals. Some of the cast members' catty behavior occurs after someone has had a little too much to drink.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that -- much like the Real Housewives franchise -- this reality series about the members of Aspen, Colorado's social elite follows a group of women who compete for social status, live materialistic lifestyles, and squabble over men. There's some sexual innuendo, lots of alcohol consumption (wine, champagne), and some major cat fighting (including pushing and shoving). Expect strong langauge (words like "bitch" are audible, while stronger choices are bleeped) and plenty of references to labels like Chanel and Ralph Lauren.
Is It Any Good?
Overall, Secrets of Aspen bears a strong resemblance to Bravo's Real Housewives franchise, thanks to its focus on women who place a lot of importance on material wealth, looking good, and socializing with the "right" people. Fighting for available men also seems to be a major theme.
The endless storylines about backstabbing friends, jilted lovers, and living the high life may appeal to some viewers. But these socialites are sometimes so theatrical that what they're saying seems scripted, and ultimately their stories are pretty unoriginal. The real "secret" of this reality show? It just doesn't offer anything new.
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