The Girls Next Door

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Playboy fantasy becomes reality; not for kids.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive messages

People are respected (for the most part), and violence and substance abuse aren't tolerated. But sexual freedom and sexual pleasure (of men, primarily) are viewed as positive things. Women are sexually objectified and fulfill the stereotype of the dumb blonde.

Violence
Sex

Partial nudity. Contains sexual innuendo (which may go over the head of young viewers) as well as specific references to sexual behavior. Some making out but no simulated sex acts. References to genitalia, sex toys, and other strong sexual subject matter. Tons of very skimpy outfits.

Language

Mostly mild: "damn," "crap," etc. Stronger curse words are bleeped out.

Consumerism

The Playboy logo, magazine, etc. are all clearly displayed. Hefner's favorite films are often highlighted.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Adult consumption of alcohol (beer, wine, hard liquor) is frequent. Adult use of tobacco products is sometimes noticeable, including pipe and cigar smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series openly celebrates sexual fantasy and sexual pleasure as positive things, which may be considered inappropriate by some viewers. That said, no explicit sexual behavior is seen on camera, and most nudity is blurred (although there are moments of partial nudity when women are in various stages of undress or sporting very revealing clothing). The show's discussions of nudity and sexual fantasy aren't appropriate for children, and parents may want to exercise caution even for older teens.

User Reviews

Adult Written byemil.91 May 27, 2009
Adult Written byElmo9607 March 20, 2009

I Love This!!!

I love this show. It's defenitely NOT for kids under the age of 17! However, it's such a guilty pleasure and the girls are so much fun to watch. It... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTangOrang55 April 9, 2008

love it

I love this show. It's not trashy and it's very entertaining. Holly, Bridget, and Kendra are actually very smart and nice, and act like normal people.
Kid, 9 years old January 4, 2010

8+

if the adults uses their language cannot be for children for under 7 or 8, For KIDS until 8 years old

What's the story?

Showing viewers the reality of the Playboy fantasy, THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR is a series created by Playboy magazine founder and editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner that gives viewers an inside look at the inner workings of the infamous Playboy mansion. The show follows Hefner's three live-in girlfriends -- Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Kendra Wilkinson -- as they live and travel with Hefner and help him host parties at the mansion. The ladies do everything from undressing and putting on S&M outfits and performing stripteases to wrapping Hef's birthday gifts with G-strings. In between are raunchy conversations that include discussing the desire to masturbate and questions about posing nude before bikini waxes became popular.

Is it any good?

Like anything Playboy, the show is hedonistic and narcissistic and underscores (what else?!) Hefner's continuing love of beautiful women and sexual freedom. But even though these women are educated and have career goals (Bridget is working on her second master's degree, while Holly is earning her real estate license and Kendra is taking college courses online), their choice to live in the mansion's harem-like environment and their often-ditzy behavior make it hard to take them seriously. Unfortunately, they personify the stereotype of the empty-headed pinup girl whose mere presence serves to satisfy people's sexual fantasies. As a result, this series offers little more than an invitation to stop imagining and to actually look at real-life women as sexual objects.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different attitudes our society has about sex and sexual activity. Why are some people very open about sex while others aren't? When do nudity and sexual conduct become pornographic? Families can also discuss how women appear as sexual objects in the media and how this impacts how we look at and treat women in our society.

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