The Flavor of Love

Common Sense Media says

Cringe-inducing reality show leaves a bad taste.

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What parents need to know

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."

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

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."

Language

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

Consumerism

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.

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.

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Brigitte Nielsen, Flavor Flav
Network:VH1
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written byMissShona April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Pretty Embarrassing

If you look at specifics; as far as hard violence, language, drug use, etc. "The Flavor of Love" is similar to many other shows aimed at the young "M-TV" generation. But the show is embarrassing example of how many people out there have no proper social training. Intelligence takes a back seat (waaay back!) to looks, snappy curse-filled talking, shock acts and total disrespect for the relationship between a man and woman. Truly sad, and nothing I would want to present to a child as being anywhere CLOSE to being normal.
Teen, 13 years old Written byplaah April 9, 2008
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Its ok I guess....

The show is a bit gross sometimes with the whole theme of it all, but it was funny and shouldnt really be watched by someone younger than like 14 at the least.
Adult Written byZeeber April 9, 2008
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Definitely The Worst of the Worst "Reality" Show on TV!

I didn't realize what this show was all about until I sat down one day while my 13 yr old daughter was watching it. When she encouraged me to leave, I knew something was up. Sure enough, as I watched the show, I saw why my daughter wanted me to leave. As your review states, this is a very degrading show, and shows humanity at its worst. This show is the epitome of trash tv. Its very difficult as a parent to monitor all the NR shows. The NR rating allowed this show to get through the parental controls I had for R and TV-MA. It would be nice to have some sort of "R" rating for TV shows.

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