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The Amandas

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Southern ladies organize homes, clash over methods.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Through cooperation, organization, and hard work, spaces and lives can be transformed. Some reinforcement of traditional gender roles and a bit of interpersonal drama.

Positive role models

The Amandas all display positive traits including organization, intelligence, responsibility, and teamwork. The boss is very exacting and some of her employees are nervous that they'll be criticized by her. The women dress in an ultra-feminine style -- high heels, dresses, full make-up.

Violence

Occasional verbal arguments.

Sex

No sexual activity is shown. A cake is described as "orgasm in your mouth."

Language

Rare language: "crap," "bitches," and "screwed" (referring not getting a job done on time).

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Light social drinking, not to the point of excess, is occasionally seen.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this home organization reality show combines mild interpersonal drama with some interesting home arrangement ideas. The show focuses on a group of Southern women who often wear high heels, short skirts, and heavy make-up, reinforcing ideals of traditional femininity. Very rare language includes "crap," "bitch," and "screwed."

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What's the story?

Alabama-based organizing pro Amanda LeBlanc and her team of organizing divas transform clients' spaces from chaos to organized perfection. Along the way, she and her team, known as \"the Amandas,\" argue over process while dealing with Amanda's major perfectionism streak.

Is it any good?

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Families who love before and after reveals, home improvement shows, and mild drama will enjoy watching THE AMANDAS. The show, which centers on professional organizer Amanda LeBlanc and her team, known collectively as the Amandas, finds most of its drama in the dynamic between the clashing personalities on the team. Rarely do any of the women get rude or angry -- these are proper Alabama ladies, after all -- so when tempers do flare, it's an occasion.

There are some genuinely excellent organizing tips to pick up along the way, so home improvement enthusiasts may want to add this show to their DVR list. Overall, it's very watchable, though some of the gender stereotyping may irritate parents. Amanda LeBlanc's insistence that politics, religion, and sex are taboo topics, and that heels and a mini-skirt on a job site are the only proper way to dress oneself, make for some good teaching moments for families watching the show with their kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about working as a team. Do you think it's difficult to blend personalities on a team? What other challenges can you imagine that a team might face to get a job done? What challenges do you observe on the show?

  • Do you think the Amandas conform to gender stereotypes? What examples can you think of that reinforce what women should look like or act like? What examples from the show defy those stereotypes?

  • What is the appeal of this reality show? Do you think everyone is acting normally, or do they play up the drama for TV?

TV details

Premiere date:January 30, 2012
Cast:Amanda LeBlanc
Network:Style Network
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Parent Written by3girlsmomintexas February 21, 2012

Organize - why you should.

Excellent show that focuses on cleanliness, organization, working together, leadership, caring for others by setting a good example. The host and creator of her company, Amanda LeBlanc, has an endearing real life story of triumph over tragedy, love for others, faith, making the world a better place through one family at a time. She doesn't allow drama while working for others.
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