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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series sends questionable messages about love, romance, and what it takes to build a relationship. The women often question their self-worth when they are rejected.
Positive Role Models
Many of the young women are portrayed as catty, desperate, and insecure. Most of them are educated career women, but they appear to have no goals other than to snag a husband. Few contestants of color or over the age of 35. All are very slim and attractive.
Violence & Scariness
The women sometimes engage in some semi-playful pushing and punching with their date when they get upset.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of skimpy outfits and bathing suits; many close-up shots of passionate kissing. In some episodes the bachelor goes on overnight dates with individual women; on other nights women try to find ways to meet him in his room. Frank sex talk.
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Words like "bitch" and "pissed" are common. Occasional curses ("s--t," "f--k") are bleeped with mouths blurred. The women sometimes call each other names.
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Products & Purchases
The camera zooms in on sponsors' products frequently, and there are always mentions of specific hotel chains, such as the W.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine, champagne, and fancy cocktails are frequently consumed on dates. The women also drink at the house.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this dating competition show features multiple women competing for the affections of a single man. They constantly make catty comments, backstab each other, wear revealing clothing and bathing suits, and sometimes drink too much. The Bachelor kisses many of them, and a few go on overnight "fantasy" dates with him. There is some frank sex talk and occasional profanity ("bitch," "pissed," and stronger words are bleeped with mouths blurred).
Is It Any Good?
The reality dating competition relies on stretch limos, high-end hotels, and candle-lit dinners to create a romantic fantasy that is popular among teen viewers. But beneath the show's shiny veneers are problematic messages about gender roles, dating, relationships, and marriage. These become even more problematic when previously featured bachelors return to try their hand at it again, despite the obvious failure of the process the first time.
The women on the show often connect their self-worth to their ability to "snag" the bachelor, and usually engage in insecure behavior in order to get his attention. Meanwhile, each bachelor, who is always polite and respectful, is more than willing to kiss and profess their affection for different women (sometimes during a single night). Teens may find it entertaining, but this kind of fantasy isn't without its problems.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.