A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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."
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Words like "hell," "piss," and "bitch" audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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