A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Offers an unrealistic and misleading message that suggests that finding a husband on a reality show can produce a "fairy-tale ending."
Positive Role Models
The single men in the bachelorette's dating pool are relatively diverse in terms of what they do for a living and where they live, but reflect some sexist ideas about what it means to be attractive husband material.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are shirtless guys a-plenty and sexual tension to spare. Some on-camera kissing takes place -- with the implication of hot and heavy action behind the scenes -- as the series progresses. The men living in the mansion's guest house also have to shower in an outdoor "stall" with no walls ... but their private parts stay covered with the aid of a black censor bar.
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Pretty clean; "bastard" is audible, but terms like "a--hole" and worse are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Most adult contestants drink alcohol socially, though one abstains for religious reasons.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality dating show has a troubling basic premise -- that it's both reasonable and feasible for a woman to hand-pick her future husband from a pool of 25 strangers. The producers are clearly pushing the idea of a "fairy-tale ending" for their fair bachelorette (the phrase is uttered four times in the season premiere alone). But as the series progresses, the emphasis quickly shifts to sexual chemistry, competition, and jealousy. The action is tame enough for older teens but too hot for tweens and younger -- not much besides kissing is shown, but plenty more is implied. Expect some salty language and drinking as well.
Is It Any Good?
Unless you're a sucker for overwrought romance, THE BACHELORETTE is downright difficult to watch. The dramatic drive-ups in a limousine, the emotional rose ceremonies, the dramatically lit mansion with the glowing fireplaces -- it's all a bit much for a thinking person. But one thing's for sure: This show succeeds in preying upon our subconscious desire for fairy-tale endings.
While the bachelorette herself seems to have true intentions, it's unlikely that kids will learn any meaningful lessons from her search -- except that they should never, ever, sign up to become a future Bachelorette contestant.
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