A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show shamelessly celebrates materialism, outlandish expenditures, and physical perfection.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Dating and relationships sometimes discussed, and celebs sometimes appear scantily clad.
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The occasional bleeped word.
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Products & Purchases
Brand names are mentioned constantly -- especially luxury brands.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some mention of celebrity behavior regarding drugs and alcohol. Some images of celebs drinking or smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cable series catalogs celebrity wealth and expenditures. Much like reading a tabloid magazine, viewers imbibe hundreds of celebrity images over the course of each episode. These images -- and the constant messages of materialism and the primacy of physical beauty -- are celebrated unapologetically. Teens may need a reality check after watching this show.
Is It Any Good?
While the show suggests a hint of eye-rolling at the stars' outlandish spending habits and luxury tastes, it isn't shy about dropping brand names or promoting them. On the VH1 Web site, which is advertised throughout the network's shows, browsers can find the Little Black Book listing all the products and vendors described on the individual episodes.
But overall the show has absolutely no redeeming value and only serves to glamorize the materialistic, appearance-oriented culture of Hollywood and celebrities. Teenagers who follow celebrity happenings will eat the series up, but parents concerned about star culture and the messages it sends may want to limit teens' intake. That said, since none of its content is overtly offensive, a little Fab Life in moderation might help a day home with the flu pass more quickly.
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