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Sweet Life: Los Angeles

By Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Ambitious, relevant reality drama has swearing, materialism.

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Don't expect a soapy melodrama; instead this is an amusing unscripted reality drama that's much more relevant to today's generation. Sweet Life: Los Angeles gives viewers an unfiltered look into what it means to be young, Black, and in constant pursuit of one's dreams. But you'll have to watch well past the first couple of episodes to truly begin understanding the dynamic. Right off the bat, we're introduced to too many people at once -- seven main cast members, plus three boyfriends (and other friends) are all introduced in the first half hour. It can be hard to understand and keep up with all their primary conflicts and determine who the true friends and frenemies are. The real lives of movers and shakers in young, Black professional circles aren't shown enough in today's American television, and this reality show tries to fill that void. This series has the potential to distinguish itself from other reality shows as long as it succeeds in rounding out what we know about each of the cast members.

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