A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show highlights some of the realities of the entertainment industry and how hard it is to break into (and survive) it. The importance of effectively parenting children who are trying to enter and succeed in the business is underscored.
Positive Role Models
Marki is strong, loud, and honest, but all of this is done in the best interest of her business, her clients, and those who are attempting to break in to the business.
Violence & Scariness
Marki occasionally yells. Catty arguments break out among the staff. A potential client gets arrested.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to having sex, specific sexual acts, and sex toys. Relationship problems and couples therapy are discussed.
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Words such as "bitch" are audible; curses such as "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped. Rude gestures are blurred.
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Products & Purchases
Costello's company, CMEG, is prominently featured. Brand-name items such as Yves Saint Laurent bags and other goods are visible, but the logos are not prominently shown. A former Toddlers & Tiaras beauty contestant is featured in some episodes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (wine, champagne) is visible during social functions.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Drama Queen is a voyeuristic reality series about the life of a Hollywood talent manager that's targeted at adults. It has lots of strong content, ranging from conversations about sex acts, catty arguments, salty vocab, and social drinking. But it also includes messages about what it really takes to succeed in the entertainment industry and has strong warnings about its pitfalls.
Is It Any Good?
The Drama Queen is full of reality-worthy moments of catty arguments, personal relationship problems, random conversations about sexual activity, and other expected fare. But it also offers some honest insight into what show business is like and what it takes to succeed in it. Most of this comes from Marki Costello herself, who is the granddaughter of famed comedian Lou Costello and who has an insider understanding of the business and the costs associated with being a part of it.
Marki's conversations with people seeking her representation range from being lighthearted and entertaining to uncomfortable, usually thanks to parents who appear more interested in their kids' careers than in their well-being. But her blunt and honest approach isn't cruel and is usually offered as a way of mentoring folks who don't understand how the business works or who risk falling victim to exploitation and other dangers. Ultimately, it's a voyeuristic show, but it's one with a few lessons to teach.
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