A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series shows some of the values of Sigma Gamma -- which include acting and appearing "appropriate," having fun, and giving to charity. But the substance of the series is based on young women judging other women on how they look, act, and dress.
Positive Role Models
The Sigma Gamma sisters believe in their sorority and support the values of the organization, which tend toward a very traditional role for women. In the process of judging whether the British girls are good fits for the sorority, they can be harsh critics, though they do seem to make an attempt to be fair.
Violence & Scariness
Initiation activities sometimes require pledges to be suddenly roused out of bed and participate in activities that seem scary at first, and girls are sometimes seen crying.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the British girls wear skin-revealing outfits that showcase cleavage and partial butt-cheeks. This is not deemed appropriate by the sorority.
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Words like "pissed off" are audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Contains lots of drinking (hard liquor, cocktails, wine), but getting drunk and drunken behavior is not condoned by the sorority.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series features American sorority sisters judging British college students on issues ranging from dress, hygiene, behavior, and more. While the sisters try to be fair and maintain an objective stance toward the Brits, there is an overarching tone of criticism. Young women (and men) drink alcohol excessively (shots, wine guzzled from the bottle, etc.), and there are some mixed messages about the role of alcohol in sorority life. Expect some strong vocab ("pissed") and bleeped cursing. British candidates sometimes wear cleavage-showing and butt-revealing clothes.
Is It Any Good?
The reality series offers a glance into the pledging and initiation process of American sororities. Outside of this, however, it's not clear what it is this show is trying to accomplish. While some of the values the Sigma Gamma sisters impose on the pledges are universal (like dressing appropriately or behaving respectfully), many of them seem to be focused on very American norms of behavior, and exclude some of the aspects of British culture that could make this exchange interesting.
The American Sigma Gammas are pretty dull, thanks to appearing overly rehearsed and stereotypically superficial. As a result, the show falls pretty flat. Those who appreciate the Greek system may still find the show fun or nostalgic enough to watch, but viewers who are unfamiliar or critical of it will probably take issue with the values being presented here. Some may also find the presentation of British women eagerly willing to embrace this very American university tradition in their own country a little problematic, too.
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