Selling Sunset

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Voyeuristic real estate reality has sexism, drinking, drama.

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

Positive Messages

Working hard to sell property and make lots of money is a major theme. The associates' personal relationships with each other and with others is also central. Reveals some of the sexism associated with the business. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The women are professional real estate agents and are good at their jobs, but often appear judgmental and superficial. Some clients act inappropriately or ask to see properties in an attempt to date the agents.

Violence

Lots of disagreements and a few fights between some of the associates. 

Sex

Contains some strong sexual innuendo, including references like "douche bag" and "d--k." Conversations about dating, relationships, marriage are frequent. The associates often find themselves having to flirt with clients or put up with some of their inappropriate behaviors to sell properties. 

Language

The word "bitch" is frequently used, but other curses are infrequent and muted. 

Consumerism

It's a promotional vehicle for the Oppenheim Group, and their logo is prominently featured along with endless Apple products. The women wear lots of designer brands. Logos for Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, other expensive cars are frequently shown in every episode.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of wine, alcohol, cocktails, hard liquor consumption over meals and social events. Some references to drug use, including a reference to taking Adderall to pass the real estate exam. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Selling Sunset is a reality show that mixes the drama of the Los Angeles luxury real estate business with traditional reality show relationship turmoil. There's lots of flirting and sexual innuendo, and some crude references and words like "d--k" and "douche bag." There's also arguing and some mean behavior among the cast members. The word "bitch" is audible, but other curses are infrequent and muted. Alcohol is frequently consumed, and there are references to taking prescription medications. The series is a promotional vehicle for the Oppenheim Group.

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What's the story?

SELLING SUNSET is a reality series about the efforts of an elite West Hollywood real estate brokerage group to make big money selling property to affluent buyers. Twin brothers Brett and Jason Oppenheim started the Oppenheim Group, which is known for selling luxury homes for the rich and famous in the greater Los Angeles area. They manage a professional team of tight-knit real estate associates, including Mary Fitzgerald, Christine Quinn, Maya Vander, and Heather Young. Occasionally joining them is Davina Potratz. But when new agent Chrishell Stause is brought in to join the team, it leads to some tension. But no matter what happens, the clients always come first. 

Is it any good?

This voyeuristic series mixes the world of the high-end real estate business with lots of personal drama. The houses and properties featured are stunning, and the associates are talented, hardworking agents who are confident in their abilities. However, there is great emphasis on their good looks, and it's implied that this contributes to their professional success.

Not surprisingly, some cast members are obnoxious and arrogant, which makes for some tense reality moments. So does the addition of associate Amanza Smith during the second season. But regardless of the effort to home in on people's catty behavior, it is evident that the group makes professionalism their priority. As a result, while it is entertaining, Selling Sunset is barely over-the-top enough to be a guilty pleasure. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the work that goes into selling real estate. What experience and strategies do the associates featured in Selling Sunset rely on to sell million dollar luxury homes? Are the professional skills of the agents fairly represented throughout the series? 

  • Do the members of the Oppenheim Group behave the same way toward each other when the cameras are off? What about their clients? How can appearing on a reality show positively (or negatively) impact their ability to do business?

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