A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Siesta Key is milder than other MTV reality soap operas, and will probably appeal to older tweens, but it's a questionable viewing choice for younger kids. It contains some sexual content (including kissing and references to sleeping together), arguing, drinking, and some drunken behavior. Skimpy bikinis and other beachwear are wardrobe staples, too. Local Siesta Key haunts are featured, and expensive cars are visible.
What's the story?
From the producers of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County comes SIESTA KEY, a reality series about a group of 20-something adults who are spending the summer on the barrier island off the coast of Sarasota, Florida. The series stars Alex Kompothecras, a popular local resident and recent college graduate who finds himself caught between former high school sweetheart Madisson Hausburg, and Juliette Porter, with whom he had a relationship last summer. His best friend, Brandon Gomes, is attracting lots of attention, especially from local bartender Chloe Trainman, who knows everything about everyone in the area. Meanwhile, new girl Kelsey Owens, a model who's put her career on hold to take care of her sick mother, is hoping to make the most of her summer while dating personal trainer Garrett Miller. It promises to be an exciting summer, but one that's filled with lots of drama.
Is it any good?
This super-soapy unscripted series features a group of young adults spending a summer on a sun-soaked island looking to have a good time. And much like other shows of this genre, the bulk of each episode is dedicated to the cast's endless relationship woes, which is underscored by constant bickering and contrived moments designed to make it look like people are reacting to one another.
There aren't any teachable moments, and while the folks here are in their 20s, working, and in (or recently graduated from) college, they often behave like high schoolers. Meanwhile, despite scenes filled with beautiful beaches, bikini-clad women, and muscular young men, there just isn't a lot going on. As a result, Siesta Key may serve as a mild guilty pleasure for some, but overall, it isn't very entertaining.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the relationships featured on reality soap operas. Did you know that many of these relationships are created or exaggerated in order to make the series more interesting? Since this is the case, why is it called a reality show? Do you think the relationships on Siesta Key are genuine?
Siesta Key portrays life on the island as being fun, romantic, and designed for the wealthy. What do you think daily life is really like there?
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