The Governor's Wife

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Reality-show trials of ex-con governor and his younger wife.

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

Positive Messages

The appeal of this show is purely voyeuristic, with messages about greed, gold-digging, male lasciviousness, female ditziness all trotted out for viewers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Edwin Edwards is an ex-con and Trina plays up her physical attributes. Edwin and Trina appear loving and committed to each other; his daughters clearly love him, too. Despite the strife between Trina and her step-daughters, they seem to care about each other in their own unique way.

Violence

References to Edwin dropping dead (due to his age) are commonplace. Comments about Edwin's time in prison are also frequent. Victoria has a bad temper and likes to yell.

Sex

There's some sexual innuendo, as well as conversations about frozen sperm and artificial insemination. Comments are made about looking like a "trollop" and being "boobalicious."

Language

Words like "hell," "piss," and "bitch" audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism

Leo Honeycutt's book, Edwin Edwards: Governor of Louisiana, is featured in one episode. Logos for Columbia sportswear visible; Apple computers visible, but the logos are not prominently shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine, champagne, and cocktails visible over meals and at social functions. Victoria smokes an electronic cigarette.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Governor's Wife is a voyeuristic reality series that follows the former governor of Louisiana and ex-con Edwin Edwards and his much younger wife Trina. There are lots of stereotypical comments made about blonde women, some strong sexual innuendo, and topics like going to prison and artificial insemination are discussed. There's drinking, smoking, strong language, and some catty exchanges. Edwin Edwards' authorized biography is visible, as are Apple computers and logos for Columbia sportswear. Older teens will be able to handle it, but it's really meant for grown ups.

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What's the story?

THE GOVERNOR'S WIFE is a reality series starring former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards and his 34-year old wife Trina as they take the new South by storm. As the 86-year old Edwards enjoys life after serving eight years in federal prison on corruption charges, Trina works hard to fit herself and her two teenage sons, Logan and Trevor, into his upscale, public life. Making her life even more difficult are Anna and Victoria, Edwards' 60-something outspoken daughters. It's not always easy, but the pair are determined to live happily ever after.

Is it any good?

The Governor's Wife offers a voyeuristic look at the May-December relationship, the nature of which is underscored by comments about Trina's youth and interest in the Edwin family's wealth. It is also an attempt to restore some of the former governor's reputation after being convicted on racketeering charges.

The affection Trina and Edwin show each other has its unique appeal. But the show's real fun comes from Anna and Vicki Edwards, thanks to their blunt conversations with (and about) Trina, their father, and each other. Not everyone will approve of what they see here, but for reality fans, there's lots of entertainment here to be had.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reasons prominent couples choose to appear on reality shows. Is what they do and how they act in front of the cameras real? Or are they acting out for entertainment's sake? What are some of the advantages of couples with public lives having a reality show? Disadvantages?

  • Is it ever appropriate to use stereotypes to characterize someone or something, even when it sounds funny?

  • What is the Edwards family is trying to accomplish with their show?

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For kids who love reality shows

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