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Snoop Dogg's Father Hood
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 this reality series centers on the family life of controversial rap artist Snoop Dogg. While the family members clearly love one another, the series doesn't have many positive messages overall; making money, being famous, and material wealth are frequent discussion topics. And although he's usually mild-mannered, Snoop is sometimes sneaky and childish. Expect a lot of strong language, ranging from "damn" and "bitch" to stronger words (including liberal use of "f--k"), which are bleeped.
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What's the story?
Reality show SNOOP DOGG'S FATHER HOOD follows rap artist Snoop Dogg as he juggles life and family -- which includes wife Shante, sons Corde and Cordell, and daughter Cori. Also along for the ride is Anthony, a family friend that Snoop and Co. have informally adopted as their son. Viewers watch as Snoop tries his first yoga class, attempts to teach his kids how to play soccer, and conceals orders of his favorite fried chicken from his ever-watchful wife. Meanwhile, the kids spend their time creating endless chaos around the house.
Is it any good?
Father Hood presents the rapper as a gentle, likable character who loves his wife and children. But his constant swearing and sometimes-silly antics (like throwing food and forging David Beckham's signature on his kid's soccer jerseys) don't always make him an ideal parental figure. His children also exhibit some questionable values, especially 10-year old Cordell, who's obsessed with money and enjoys dressing up like a pimp.
While the show has a few funny moments, it isn't particularly exciting or dramatic. Many of the conversations between family members seem awkwardly rehearsed, and some events are obviously staged. If you're looking for a fun guilty pleasure, you probably won't find it here. And the strong language and lack of positive messages make it an iffy viewing choice for tweens and teens, too.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the reasons why people -- and particularly "famous" families --would choose to appear in a reality series. Is it for fame? Money? How do the subjects of these shows deal with the resulting lack of privacy? And how "real" are reality shows, anyway? Do you think people behave differently in their homes when the cameras are on? How would you feel in their place?