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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Summer House is a reality series about a group of young wealthy professionals who spend the summer in a luxurious rental home in the Hamptons. It contains all the expected drinking, arguing, and sexuality that you might expect to see in Bravo's reality empire. There's also lots of strong language and bleeped cursing.
What's the story?
The Vanderpump Rules spin-off SUMMER HOUSE is a reality series about a group of young professionals who are spending the summer in a luxurious rental home in the Hamptons. Bachelor Kyle Cookie, twins Ashley and Lauren Wirkus, ex-model Carl Radke, newly single Jaclyn Shuman, outspoken Stephen McGee, Army veteran Everett Weston and his friend, Lindsay Hubbard have rented a house in the Long Island beach town of Montauk. Also joining the group are Lindsays’ roommate Cristina Gibson and newcomer Carl Radke. The gang works hard in New York City during the week, but happily drive up to let loose during their weekends in their Montauk, Long Island beach house. From beach parties and high-end social gatherings to romantic entanglements and building friendships, they enjoy their time off living the high life with the summer house they've put together.
Is it any good?
This predictable reality series is more tiresome than usual, as privileged young people lounge around creating drama in a beautiful setting. The young professionals spend their time on weekends meeting their self-identified "social goals" by surfing, eating, drinking, pairing up, and being seen. When they aren't doing this, they spend their time talking about these activities with each other.
The over-the-top behaviors featured here, which includes excessive partying and constant arguing, are central to the show. Meanwhile, despite a "no couples" rule in the house, there are plenty of summer flings and romantic arguments. Fans of this kind of reality formula may like it, but if you're not one of them, Summer House will be pretty boring.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the reasons people watch reality shows like Summer House. Is it for the drama between cast members? To see how other people live? Why do you think people agree to be on them?
The cast of Summer House have different sorts of lives, but share certain characteristics when they come together in at the beach house. Is this a coincidence?