The Fabulous Beekman Boys
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Couple swaps city living for farm life with a side of drama.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series promotes local and organic farming.
Positive Role Models
Josh and Brett appear truly committed to each other and are working hard to achieve their goals. They're dedicated to local, organic farming.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing and affection.
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Occasional strong language; words like “t-ts,” “ass,“ “s--t,” and “f--k” are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The series is a promotional vehicle for the Beekman 1802 brand (which sells products produced by the Beekman farm). Apple computers are visible. Martha Stewart is mentioned frequently.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking with meals and at parties. The word “lush” is jokingly used to describe someone.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series follows a same-sex couple as they undergo the transition from city to country folk, often focusing on their relationship issues. The show promotes local and organic farming, as well as the couple's brand, Beekman 1802. The premise plays off of established stereotypes, but the show is supportive of the gay community and includes some kissing between the men, one of whom is a former drag queen. Josh and Brent have a strong, supportive relationship. Occasional strong language ("ass," "t-ts," "s--t," f--k") is fully bleeped.
Where to Watch
Based on 2 parent reviews
Great for everyone, children can learn about things that parents will not discuss and by the way kids are baby goats
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What's the Story?
THE FABULOUS BEEKMAN BOYS follows an urban couple as they attempt to revitalize an upstate New York farm. While doctor/health and wellness expert Josh Kilmer-Purcell lives and works at Beekman Farm full time, advertising exec/former drag queen Brent Ridge works in New York City five days a week earning a paycheck to keep them afloat until their organic farm becomes self-sufficient. In the meantime, their weekly separation puts a toll on their relationship. And while growing vegetables and raising animals aren't easy for the first-time farmers, local goat expert Farmer John helps them through it.
Is It Any Good?
The series takes a humorous look at the way the couple adjusts to giving up their trendy Manhattan lifestyle in exchange for a life in the country. But the series' primary focus is on the men's Odd Couple-like relationship, which is being tested by both the financial pressures associated with building a new business and the distance that Ridge's job puts between them.
The show -- which supports organic foods, local growers, and the gay community -- is both fun and fairly mild for reality TV (though there is some social drinking and bleeped language). Viewers might just get a kick out of watching these two city guys with yin and yang personalities trying to keep their farm (and their relationship) afloat.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what being "organic" means. What benefits does a local farm offer to the community? Why is what they sell usually more expensive than goods sold from larger farms? Do you think there's anything about being a farmer that's not seen on the show?
How does this show compare to other reality shows that focus on couples and deal with relationship issues?
Does this show reinforce or undermine stereotypes?
- Premiere date: June 16, 2010
- Cast: Brent Ridge, Josh Kilmer-Purcell
- Network: Planet Green
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: March 10, 2023
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