The Alectrix

 
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All-female band spin-off features same catty behavior.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The emphasis here is on women's catty behavior and their conflicts with one another. The need to keep personal feelings out of business is underscored.

Positive role models

Joe Simpson is polite, but no-nonsense when it comes to making professional decisions; Heather is often motivated by personal feelings. One cast member gives a homeless cast member a place to live.

Violence

Catty behavior between the women is frequent, and often leads to yelling, screaming, and slamming doors.

Sex

Contains references to having breast augmentations. A former Electric Barbarella member is pregnant. Occasionally folks at lounges grab the women's backsides. One band member gets a job at a store that specializes in erotica. Costumes are tight and slinky.

Language

Words like "ass" are audible; curses like "goddamn," "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism

Jaguars and other expensive cars are visible, but the logos aren't prominently featured. Places like the Hollywood Tower and other Los Angeles locations visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking (cocktails, wine, etc.) is visible at bars and social gatherings.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Alectrix is a reality spin-off featuring women trying to successfully launch an all-female music group. Like its parent series, The Electric Barbarellas, it features lots of catty behavior, salty vocab, and references to sexual acts. The young women also drink frequently in social settings.
 

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What's the story?

THE ALECTRIX, a reality spin-off of The Electric Barbarellas, features amateur pop group manager Heather Naylor as she sets out to create another (and hopefully more successful) musical girl group. After The Electric Barbarellas failed to launch successfully despite eight months of work, Heather turns the reigns over to manager Joe Simpson, the father and manager of Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, to help rebuild and relaunch the band. While some members go their separate ways, others like Gynger Fluellen and Chelsea Costa find themselves re-auditioning for a spot along with other hopefuls, like Oakland native Andi Roxx, and Xin, a Chinese native hoping to further her musical career in America. It isn't easy, and with Simpson at the helm, Heather realizes that she must learn to let go of her personal feelings if she wants the group to make it big.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Like the original series, The Alectrix is a mildly entertaining show that offers a look into what goes into making and promoting an all-female band. But this time viewers actually get to see a more legitimate process by which groups are formed and produced to be successful in the industry. Joe Simpson's appearance also ensures the presence of some talented singers in the mix.

Some teens may be interested in watching, but thanks to some former cast members' attempts to rehash old conflicts -- and introduce new ones -- it's still hard to take them seriously. Their behavior also suggests that their goals are more about being reality celebs than actually becoming successful musical performers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about reality show spin-offs. What is it about a specific cast member or theme that makes it interesting enough to get her/his own reality show? Why did these these women get another TV series? Are spin-offs usually better or worse than the original show?

  • What does it take to become successful music group? Is it just about having a good singing voice? What other skills do you need to have? Do you think this show realistically depicts the process of becoming successful?

  • Do the women featured here make good role models? Why or why not?

TV details

Cast:Gynger Fluellen, Heather Naylor, Joe Simpson
Network:MTV
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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