Snoop Dogg's Father Hood

 
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Rapper's swear-heavy reality fizzles, fo' shizzle.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The family seems close and committed to each other. The children sometimes misbehave; Shante is the family disciplinarian. Snoop sometimes engages in sneaky behavior, and he makes frequent references to having money and being famous. Cordell enjoys talking about money. In one episode, Cordell attempts to drive his father's car. The cast is primarily African-American.

Violence

Kids are often seen roughhousing with their father and each other, but it's in the spirit of fun. Snoop makes occasional references to being arrested.

Sex

Some sexual innuendo, including references to "hot" women and sexual intercourse. Occasional discussions about breasts. A tween boy dresses up as a pimp.

Language

Plenty of strong language, ranging from "damn," "piss," and "bitch" to frequent bleeped use of "s--t" and "f--k." Snoop often swears in front of his children.

Consumerism

The series is a promotional vehicle for Snoop Dogg; some of his music is heard in the background. Snoop's favorite restaurant, Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles, is prominently featured. Other locales -- like David Beckham's Soccer Academy and other restaurants -- are also featured.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional visible consumption of alcohol.

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Cordell Broadus, Shante Taylor, Snoop Dogg
Network:E!
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:NR
Available on:DVD

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Adult Written byselahlove April 9, 2008
 

The only celebreality show I am hooked on

I enjoy this show quite a bit, and I never miss it. As it is produced by Snoop, I enjoy watching it from the perspective that this is his rap on his family life: this is how he wants America to view his family and view him as a dad. This is the Snoop Father Hood he strives for. And aside from the foul language he uses in front of his kids, he has better aspirations and standards than many celebreties. I only think that it is a shame he thinks he can keep his dirt from his kids. They soon will be old enough to discover all of it on their own. I only hope he has changed his ways by that time. But from this show you can see that from his heart, he wants to be a good dad and husband, and his kids and wife truly love him. You can't act that.
Adult Written bykingsmen1045 April 9, 2008
 
Adult Written byPetegertoil April 9, 2008
 

Good show

This program is not rated NR. It's TV-14, although I don't really find it that inappropriate.

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