Stewarts & Hamiltons

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Idle rich live frivolously in reality show dud.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Family harmony is stressed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most family members are inordinately concerned with romance and material goods, although they spend a lot of time together doing normal stuff such as eating meals. 

Violence
Sex

A 15-year-old loses his virginity in a sordid bathroom incident; his family stressed only that he should use condoms. We watch as he buys condoms in a store with his father, joking all the while. Models take nude pictures; no private parts visible. References to and jokes about sex. A man gropes a woman's bottom without her permission.

Language

Women are called "bitch" repeatedly. Frequent use of "ass"; other four-letter words bleeped. 

Consumerism

Clips from songs and movies played frequently; we see family members trying to move careers ahead. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink beer, wine, and liquor on-screen; they urge each other to do tequila shots. One character's former drug problem is discussed; another smokes marijuana briefly on-screen as loved ones urge her to quit. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Stewarts & Hamiltons is a reality series about a wealthy family in Los Angeles with a number of famous members. They frequently drink on-screen (beer, wine, liquor) at parties and at family dinners. It is strongly implied that a teen also drinks, with no consequences. Some urge others to do tequila shots; at least one person has drug and alcohol problems in his past, which are referred to often. A 15-year-old has sex in a bathroom (offscreen), which is made into a family joke. He's urged to use condoms but not to treat girls more respectfully. He buys condoms with his father, actor George Hamilton, on-screen and implies he'll be having more consequence-free casual sex. Models take nude pictures; no private parts are visible. Expect jokes about and references to sex. Women are called "bitch" many times; "ass" makes an appearance; and infrequent four-letter words are bleeped. Many family members are single and interested in dating; one man describes himself as "horny." Family members seem more interested in spending money and entertaining themselves than engaging in more high-minded pursuits, and teens may get the idea that this is the norm for wealthy, prominent people. 

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What's the story?

Reality show STEWARTS & HAMILTONS focuses on a wealthy blended clan in Los Angeles. Matriarch Alana Stewart, a former model/actress, was once married to vintage movie star George Hamilton; together, they produced son Ashley Hamilton, who found some success in the movies and music in the 1990s before succumbing to addictions, and he's been looking for a comeback ever since. Meanwhile, after Hamilton and Stewart divorced, Alana married rock star Rod Stewart, which resulted in two children: former model Kimberly Stewart and gadabout Sean Stewart (who starred in his own reality show a few years back, Sons of Hollywood). Also in the picture is George's 15-year-old son George Thomas Hamilton (aka GT or George, Jr.), the result of a relationship George had after he and Alana divorced. It's a complicated setup, and the feelings the various Hamilton and Stewarts have for each other also are complicated. But in the end, they're family, and there's nothing they can't solve together with a family dinner and a few cocktails. 

Is it any good?

When watching this reality dud, a viewer is mainly tortured by one question: Why was it made? Even the most famous of its participants is a star from bygone times; the rest are less has-beens than never-weres, and they're not amusing, bizarre, or charming enough to want to watch. Reality shows demand either entertainingly over-the-top behavior or looks at people so normal we see ourselves in them; this show has neither. Instead, we watch as a bunch of rich people go underwear shopping, employ therapists as "love architects" for their single kids, drive aimlessly around town, attend charity parties, and otherwise comport themselves like members of the idle rich. It's not actually offensive but it's pretty boring and pointless. For reality completists only.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reason for this reality show. Why are these families opening up their lives for inspection? What do they get out of it? What types of recognition or advancement do you think they're hoping for? 

  • Have you heard of any of the participants on Stewarts & Hamiltons before watching the show? Does that make you more or less interested in watching? 

  • Shows about rich people in big cities are reality staples. Why? Why do viewers like to watch the wealthy, privileged, and powerful?

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For kids who love celeb reality

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