A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Bachelor Winter Games is a reality competition show with all the flirting and romantic drama The Bachelor reality franchise is known for. It features lots of skimpy bikinis and bare chests, arguments, and strong sexual innuendo. There’s some strong language like “bitch,” but curses are bleeped and blurred. There’s drinking (wine, champagne, hard liquor), too.
What's the story?
THE BACHELOR WINTER GAMES brings together contestants from the international franchise for an Olympic-themed sports competition. Hosted by Chris Harrison and sports broadcaster Hannah Storm, 26 of the most notable cast members from the international versions of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette compete in a series of winter-themed events in Manchester, Vermont. The winners of each of the gender-segregated events win date cards allowing them to ask another cast member out. Rose ceremonies are held, too, and some contestants are sent home early. The final two standing are named the winners. Throughout it all, old flames are ignited, new sparks fly, and romantic connections are made and broken.
Is it any good?
This nonsensical series follows a now-familiar reality format that highlights on flirting, hook ups, and relationship drama. Cast members, who come from North America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, have little experience playing the winter sports they are competing in. As a result, they are more excited about potentially falling in love than being crowned overall game winners.
A few of the contestants reveal some details about the versions of the The Bachelor they originally appeared in, some of which limit the amount of kissing between couples. However, The Bachelor Winter Games follows the U.S. format, which makes this kind of behavior a focal point, and leads to some interesting moments. If you’re a fan of the franchise, you’ll probably find it entertaining. If not, you probably won’t.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the reasons people continue to appear on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, despite their continued failure to find successful relationships as a result. Is it for attention or notoriety? Or do they really believe that they will ultimately find love on shows like The Bachelor Winter Games?
The Bachelor Winter Games features people from around the world who come from different cultures. Are their cultural differences an important part of the show?
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