The Flavor of Love

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Cringe-inducing reality show leaves a bad taste.

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Based on 7 reviews

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Positive Messages

Sends the message that it's OK to step all over someone and put them down to win a contest and that it's OK to do anything to get a man. Lots of conflict between the contestants, too -- spitting, slapping, cat fights, etc. One contestant defecated on the floor because she "couldn't hold it."


Plenty of skimpy outfits (lingerie, etc.) and sexual innuendo. In one episode, for example, Flav -- in an attempt to ferret out a solution to a problem -- says, "I'm going to put my finger on it; hopefullly she'll let me put my finger on it."


"Sluts," "bitch," and "s--tless" are used.


Flav is a rap artist; the show helps promote him as a "brand." He's also done two other shows for VH1.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Plenty of social drinking; contestants sometimes appear very intoxicated. Smoking is common.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the show's female contestants perform challenges and go on dates with Flavor Flav (rapper and star of The Surreal Life and Strange Love), who will, by the end of the series, choose one to be his girlfriend. In their attempt to win his heart, the women degrade themselves and put each other down. Although teens will want to watch (it's like train-wreck TV -- you can't look away), much of this cartoonish, intentionally over-the-top show's content is wildly inappropriate for kids, and it definitely promotes an unhealthy view of male/female relationships.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7, 8, and 18+-year-old Written byjean saget May 13, 2009
Adult Written byjadez_wifey April 9, 2008

this iz my favorite show!!

i luv this show..although i dont recomend it for young people without supervision. it is soooo entertaining and i live for sunday nights at 10:00.
Teen, 15 years old Written bybubbo April 9, 2008

AAh this show drives me insane!!!

VH1's Flavor of Love is entertaining, but trashy and really will drive you crazy if you watch too much of it. Flava Flav is a truly bizarre man, he thinks... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bykmerk April 9, 2008

Flav's behavior not appropriate for many kids

Definitely know your teen before letting them watch. It's entertaining, but be sure that your teen won't ever try to imitate Flav or any of the girls... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE FLAVOR OF LOVE, former Public Enemy rapper Flavor Flav puts 20 women vying for his love through a series of challenges before whittling the group down to those who'd be a suitable girlfriend. (Keep in mind that most people have an entirely different definition of what "suitable" is than Flav does.) The women live together in Los Angeles in a house called the "phat crib." They have full access to Flav day and night, and multiple women often end up sleeping in his bed. Flav relies on the help of his chauffeur and bodyguard, Big Rick; his mother; and his ex-girlfriend, Brigitte Nielsen, to administer the challenges and help weed out the women who only want to take advantage of his money and fame. At the end of each episode, one woman is axed from the competition. The ladies always try to find out which of their competitors are in the game for Flav, and which ones just want to be on TV.

Is it any good?

Not only does The Flavor of Love paint a demeaning picture of male/female relationships and women in general, it also presents the mostly African-American contestants in an embarrassing light (none of them objects to being asked to cook a stereotypically "black" dish in the episode mentioned above, etc.). What's more, the women's sexually charged comments lend a seedy feel to an already smarmy show. There's really nothing redeeming about this show, which demeans everyone involved and seems to take pride in broadcasting crass, tasteless behavior.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about self-respect. When someone puts you down, what's the best way to react? Why is it important to have boundaries in a romantic relationship? Do teenage girls think they'd ever compete in a series like this? Why or why not? Why do you think the women want to be with Flav in the first place?

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