The Pauly D Project

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Lots of partying, sex, but more positive than Jersey.

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age 10+
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Positive Messages

On the positive side, the series showcases the hard work that goes into becoming a successful DJ and businessperson and reinforces the value of loyalty and friendship. On the other side, women are featured largely as sexual objects, and while some of the partying behavior is typical of the twentysomething lifestyle, there isn't much reflection on the consequences of overindulgence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although they don't always behave in the most responsible way, Pauly D and his friends are very close and loyal to each other, and Pauly D is working hard to succeed. For the most part, Pauly D's friends are supportive of their friend's career and grateful to him for bringing them along for the ride. One cast member is extremely committed to his girlfriend living at home.


The guys occasionally get into heated arguments.


Pauly D and his friends regularly bring women back to their hotel suite; they're usually in skimpy dresses, in their underwear, or are shown dancing suggestively at clubs. Some of the guys go to strip clubs. Discussion about cheating, etc.


Curses are frequent; words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.


Club venues like Ultra in Long Island and The Palms in Las Vegas are featured. Other Las Vegas haunts are also prominently visible and/or discussed.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The guys drink (beer, cocktails, hard liquor, champagne) frequently at bars, clubs, and during more intimate social gatherings.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Jersey Shore spin-off starring DJ Pauly D is slightly milder and less stereotypical than its sister reality show. There's some bleeped cursing ("s--t," "f--k") lots of drinking (champagne, cocktails, hard liquor), and lots of implied sexual content and womanizing behavior. But there are also a few positives: The Pauly D Project underscores the hard work and commitment that it takes to build a career in the club music scene, while also highlighting the importance of friendship.

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Teen, 16 years old Written bycrazy4bre101 June 18, 2012

Good Family Show

Very good show with positive messages. Pauly shows good morals and there are themes about friends and family.

What's the story?

THE PAULY D PROJECT follows Jersey Shore's Pauly D as he tries to make a name for himself in the music industry. After a stressful audition, the Rhode Island native moves to Las Vegas to work as the resident DJ at The Palms Hotel. Joining him is his hometown posse -- including his mentor, Michael "Biggie" Morgan; his friend/bodyguard Gerard "Big Jerry" Gialanella; and friend-turned-social director Ryan Labbe. And helping Pauly D navigate the flashy Vegas scene is marketing executive Jason "JROC" Craig. While making the most of the professional opportunities that come Pauly's way -- including joining Britney Spears on tour and working with 50 Cent -- the guys also do their best to make the most of living in Sin City. It's exciting, but Pauly D soon learns that balancing work, play, and friendship isn't easy.

Is it any good?

Not surprisingly, The Pauly D Project features lots of the drinking, partying, and sexual behavior that characterizes the Las Vegas club scene and any TV series that showcases it. But the show also reveals that while reality fame is helpful in getting started in the business, it still takes a lot of effort to build a legitimate name for yourself on the music scene.

No doubt Jersey Shore fans will be interested in what Pauly D is up to, while others might find some voyeuristic pleasure in watching the cast goof off and and hook up with different women. The Pauly D Project isn't the most stimulating of shows, but it does have some mildly positive messages about hard work and friendship.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reality show celebrities. Do you think people appear on reality shows in hopes of building a career in the entertainment industry? Is this realistic? In Pauly D's case, do you think his appearance on Jersey Shore helps or hurts his reputation in the professional music industry?

  • How realistic is what you see on this show? What, if anything, do you think might be staged for the cameras? What feels more real?

  • How are women treated on this show? Are there any shows out there like this with women as the main characters?

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