A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The importance of family, faith, and growing up are central themes in the show. Dealing with loss is also a major element. Some mixed messages in the fact that this is a reality show but the family professes to want to be protective of family members.
Positive Role Models
The family appears close and loving. Pat Houston is committed to helping Bobbi Kristina through the grieving process; others are not happy about the time she spends doing this. Bobbi Kristina engages in some destructive behavior.
Violence & Scariness
Family members have heated discussions about a lot of things, but there's nothing violent. Discussions about death and loss.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Expect references to a potentially inappropriate relationship between Bobbi Kristina and family friend Nick Gordon, but nothing explicitly sexual. Flirting is also visible.
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Words like "damn," "hell," and "ass" are audible. Words like "bulls--t" are mostly bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Labels like Yves St. Laurent are visible. Whitney Houston songs are often audible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol consumption (wine, champagne, mixed drinks) is common. Underage cast members are shown drinking, but it's characterized as a negative action. It also contains subtle references to the late singer's problems with addiction.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Houstons is a voyeuristic reality show featuring the surviving family of the late Whitney Houston trying to cope with the loss of the singer. The show contains positive themes about family, but also focuses on coping with loss, and a potentially inappropriate relationship between Whitney Houston's daughter and her adopted son. Contains some mild language ("damn," "hell," "ass") and bleeped words like "bulls--t". Underage drinking is occasionally visible (but viewed as negative behavior), plus some references to the late singer's addictions.
Is It Any Good?
Not surprisingly, The Houstons centers on a family that is deeply affected by the loss of the pop star, who was their mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and a friend. Most of the drama revolves around how the family is struggling to help each other cope with the loss, as well as dealing with the unique challenges that come from working in the entertainment industry, the tabloid media, and with life's every day problems.
One has to wonder why they have chosen to publicly air this grieving process, especially when they are so concerned about Bobbi Kristina's well-being. As a result, while the show contains some very positive messages about family, it also seems very exploitative. Nonetheless, Whitney Houston fans will probably find something engaging here.
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