The New Atlanta

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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New South reality show with sex talk, drinking, vocab.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The series highlights the interests, goals, and values of young, reality-show-ready professionals in Atlanta. Racial stereotyping occurs in various contexts.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The cast is young, ambitious, and narcissistic. One cast member wants to be a trophy wife; another characterizes herself as a "Southern Jewish redneck."

Violence

Arguing, swearing, and fighting sometimes escalates to screaming, pushing, shoving, and punching. Video footage of a robbery and scenes of the aftermath are visible. Threats of murder also are audible but not acted upon.

Sex

Conversations about relationships are frequent; flirtations include slapping men on the butt and other acts. Promiscuity is discussed, and words such as "whore" are frequently heard.

Language

Words such as "bitch" are audible. The show contains lots of bleeped cursing ("f--k," "s--t"), too. Stereotypical references such as "brown faces" and "rednecks" are used.

Consumerism

Lipman's store, Raw Denim Boutique, and Sim's book, The-Man-U-All-Love-Need-Want-Hate, are prominently featured on the show. Expensive cars such as Audis and local upscale Atlanta haunts are visible. The series is cosponsored by the Georgia tourism board.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (beer, cocktails, wine, champagne) is frequent and heavy at bars and parties and during meals.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The New Atlanta includes all the content that one expects from a reality show, including lots of fighting, drinking, relationship drama, and salty vocabulary. There's some occasional racial stereotyping, too, but these moments are usually created by cast members describing themselves. Expensive cars, local Atlanta haunts, and some of the casts' various business ventures and products are featured throughout the show.

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What's the story?

THE NEW ATLANTA is a reality series featuring a new generation of ambitious, up-and-coming professionals trying to break into the city's unique music, business, and social scene. It stars soon-to-be college graduate Alexandra Dilworth, singer Africa Miranda, boutique owner Emily Lipman, and her best friend, event promoter Tribble Reese. Rounding out the cast is music-artist developer and self-proclaimed relationship expert Javon "Vawn" Sims. They work hard and play hard, but all are determined to get what they want out of life and, in some cases, each other.

Is it any good?

From catty competitions between ambitious women to promotions of the the latest trends in the music and fashion scenes, The New Atlanta uses an old reality-show formula to promote the heart of the Old South as a young and vibrant center for ambitious twentysomethings. It also highlights some of what have become the city's main industries, including music.

There's lots of voyeuristic moments for those looking for some guilty pleasure. Some folks also will be amused by some of the over-the-top egos being featured here. But if you're looking for a reality show that's fresh and new, you're not going to find it here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different ways that cities can try to rebrand themselves. Is it a good idea for a famous city to rely on TV shows such as this one to promote itself? What other ways can the media be used to help cities promote or change their images?

  • Is it ever appropriate to rely on a stereotype to describe something or someone, even if it's intended to be positive? What does it mean to reclaim a stereotype?

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