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 the Jersey Shore reality spinoff Snooki & Jwoww offers some of the over-the-top behaviors that the original show is known for, but also contains positive messages about friendship. Pregnancy is also a major theme in the show. The show is definitely milder than the original -- with less drinking and partying -- but the language can be salty ("bitch"; "f--k," "s--t" bleeped), and it contains lots of crude sexual humor.
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What's the story?
The MTV reality series SNOOKI & JWOWW follows former Jersey Shore cast members Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "Jwoww" Farley as they move in together and enjoy a bachelorette lifestyle. Despite the doubts expressed by their family and friends, the best friends are determined to enjoy some time together while sharing a Jersey City apartment. It gets a little challenging at times, especially when the changes in their individual lives impact their ability to party. But the two are determined to remain friends no matter what life throws their way.
Is it any good?
Snooki & Jwoww highlights some of the over-the-top behaviors that many MTV reality shows are known for, including endless amounts of sexual references, relationship drama, and partying. But it also underscores the value of a loyal friendship, and the importance of this friendship to both women.
It's milder than its parent series, but its positive messages are often overshadowed by what appears to be (at least on camera) a lack of maturity when it comes to being independent and, in the case of Snooki, having a child. There's not a lot of introspection offered here, but Snooki and Jwoww fans will probably find it voyeuristically entertaining.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the behavior of reality TV cast members. Do you think their behavior changes when the cameras turn on? Is a reality show an appropriate venue for discussing personal issues like pregnancy and/or marriage?
What is Snooki famous for? Why do you think she made out list of worst role models?
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