Parents' Guide to

The Only Way Is Essex

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

British reality with sexy talk, hard language, and drinking.

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The soap opera-ish series, which is characterized as a a "structured" reality series due to its preplanning of events for entertainment purposes, offers a voyeuristic look into the lives of 20- and 30-year-olds in the Southeastern British county. But most of the show's focus is on the casts' romantic relationships, which range from finding someone to date to complicated love triangles. It's also hard to follow some of the shorelines, thanks to the show's large cast.

It's not as wild as the American reality shows like Jersey Shore, and many of the conversations about Essex and the people who live there will be lost on those who are not familiar with the community or culture. Some reality fans might find the endless parade of fake eyelashes, fake tans, and fake boobs entertaining, but ultimately, there's not a lot going on here.

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