The Fabulous Beekman Boys

Common Sense Media says

Couple swaps city living for farm life with a side of drama.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some kissing and affection.

Language

Occasional strong language; words like “t-ts,” “ass,“ “s--t,” and “f--k” are bleeped.

Consumerism

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.

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.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Brent Ridge, Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Network:Planet Green
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Parent of a 7 and 9 year old Written bypboyal January 17, 2011
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Great Show

Very good environmental messages and teaches basic farming techniques and self reliance.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byladyfrombeekman ny March 26, 2011
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Great for everyone, children can learn about things that parents will not discuss and by the way kids are baby goats

love it, love it, wish it was on longer and really hope it's renewed for another season. Do not think that Josh & Brent being a same sex couple have a negitive impact, to us it's just what a couple go thru and different stages of their relationship. We know several same sex couples that are going thru the same things we are and we live in a rural area. Main thing we love is the farm and how much they care for their animals and how they become part of the family
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Great messages
Great role models

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