A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Relationship drama is the show's central theme.
Positive Role Models
Many cast members are privileged, narcissistic.
Violence & Scariness
Bickering, arguments are common.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo. Lots of bikini-clad women, shirtless men. Discussions about cheating.
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Occasional bleeped cursing.
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Products & Purchases
Songs, artists heard throughout episode are highlighted. Local haunts featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine, beer, champagne, cocktails; some drunken behavior.
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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.
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.
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