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The Hotwives



Wild Housewives parody has sex jokes, booze, cursing.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Extracting the pro-tolerance and feminist messages from this show will depend on viewers being old and sophisticated enough to understand its satire -- younger kids may take the show at face value.

Positive role models

Most of the characters on the show are idle rich people with terrible habits that no one, least of all kids, should emulate. Of course, said people are made to look ridiculous, which sends its own message.


Occasional cartoonish scuffles -- women pushing each other or poking each other in the chest.


Many jokes about and references to sex. One character in particular makes punny references to orgasms and oral sex, which she then painstakingly explains.


Frequent cursing, including insults: "Your sister is a broken-ass bitch, and you're a dumb bitch for messing with her." Occasional uses of the word "f--k" are bleeped, but many other curses are not.


This show parodies various Bravo reality shows; viewers may want to watch them after watching Hotwives. Real celebrities, such as Shakira, are mentioned.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One character is a recovering addict who frequently relapses; jokes are made about the various substances she abuses. She also guzzles from a liquor bottle on-screen. Alcohol is ever-present at parties; characters get drunk and act silly or angry.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Hotwives is a rude comedy that parodies Bravo-style reality shows that are themselves rather tasteless, so this satire is even more over the top. Different seasons are set in different cities (Orlando, Las Vegas), but the bad behavior remains the same. Female characters in skintight dresses happily admit to cheating on their spouses, caring only about money, despising their friends, and committing other moral transgressions. They also throw decadent parties with cocktails at which characters get drunk and act silly or violently. There are jokes about sex, scenes in which characters praise plastic surgery and Botox, and a character who is a struggling addict who talks frankly about her various chemical urges. Characters curse frequently and rudely, calling each other names such as "broken-ass bitch." The humor is absurd and ridiculous, but younger viewers probably won't get the satire and may take the messages at face value.

What's the story?

Move over Real Housewives: Hulu's half-hour scripted comedy series THE HOTWIVES has wives who are richer, messier, sexier, and even sillier than the sisters they're satirizing. In Orlando, Tawny St. John (Casey Wilson) divides her time between sessions with her trainer, coping with the decline of her (not really) dying husband, Phil (Stephen Tobolowsky), and raising funds for her charity, which provides high-heeled shoes for dogs. Crystal (Angela Kinsey) is a pious, even smug, Christian who despairs over her volatile addict of a sister, Amanda (Kristen Schaal). Also in the sisterhood: Jersey-ish shopping addict Shauna (Danielle Schneider), flirtatious Brit and dog lover Veronica (Andrea Savage), and Zumba instructor/cake artist/foot model/aspiring taxidermist Phe Phe (Tymberlee Hill). Nearly all the same crew return in Las Vegas, playing entirely different (except for Phe Phe) socialites and hangers-on. 

Is it any good?


How you feel about The Hotwives will depend pretty strictly on how amusing you already find shows such as The Real Housewives of New Jersey, which, most people can agree, is already pretty ridiculous on its own, with its "spontaneous" dramatic confrontations staged in ridiculous places and behind-the-scenes interviews that are just thinly veiled excuses to get the cast to insult each other. If you already find these types of antics to be a potent guilty pleasure, Hotwives is another one, stuffed full of prostitution lessons, charitable events featuring Cirque du Soleil performers passing out apps, jokes about McMansions and Central Florida, and sly, goofy commentary on avarice, fame, and sex.

However, if you're not already a Bravo watcher, Hotwives ​likely will seem indistinguishable from the real thing and the jokes will miss you. "Hotwives Cooldown," a segment at the end of the show that summarizes what just happened, isn't nearly as funny if you haven't had a few go-rounds with Andy Cohen; the way one character tries to make "I gotta be Phe Phe" into a catchphrase doesn't even make much sense if you haven't seen The Real Housewives of Atlanta. This is funny stuff -- but only for the right audience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the TV shows The Hotwives is based on. Is more than one show being spoofed? How?

  • What assumptions does the viewing public have about the locations where the show is set? Are Orlando and Las Vegas inherently funny places?

  • Have you seen any of the actors or actresses on Hotwives in other shows? How are the characters they're playing here similar to characters you've seen them play before? How are they different?

TV details

Premiere date:July 15, 2014
Cast:Kristen Schaal, Angela Kinsey, Casey Wilson, Paul Scheer
TV rating:NR
Available on:Streaming

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