The Radkes

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Texas mom is funny, self-confident in light reality show.

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Positive Messages

Family, friendship, and celebrating who you are all themes. Stereotypes about people from Texas, the South, and from other countries are frequent. It contains some brief references to self-esteem issues. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Melissa isn't perfect, and likes to create mischief, but she's very self-confident and knows who she is. She is a good wife and mother, despite her claims to the contrary.


Melissa likes to yell. There's some arguing, but most arguments are more humorous than angry. 


Some strong innuendo, a lot of which is articulated using comical metaphors that will fly over the heads of kids. 


The word  "crap" is occasionally used. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Radkes is a reality show following a Texas family with a larger-than-life social media star mom. It has lots of sexual innuendo (a lot of which will fly over young kids' heads), some stereotyping, and arguments that are more comical than angry. The word "crap" is occasionally used. Melissa Radke's confidence in herself and her body may be inspirational to those struggling with self-esteem. 

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Adult Written byAshleys420 June 19, 2019

Show About a Horrible, Selfish, Insufficient Mother Who Gives Her Children God Aweful Advice

I watched both episodes in horror and shock that this woman had the nerve to say all texas girls wanna marry rich and very old. Among other horrific things. Im... Continue reading
Adult Written byEnchantededge June 13, 2019

Waste of 30 mins

This show should be a lesson on how NOT to ever act. Terrible from beginning to end.

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What's the story?

THE RADKES is a reality series starring Melissa Radke, a social media celebrity with a larger-than-life personality. The author, public speaker, vlogger, podcaster, and singer lives in the small East Texan town of Lufkin with her husband, David, and her children, Remi and Rocco. Joining them from time to time are her parents, her cousin Meridith, and her Aunt Melba. Running the household and driving the kids everywhere takes up a lot of time, but she often finds herself doing some awkward things, like applying a 10-step facial treatment, having a best brisket competition with her husband, and trying to find ways to sneak excess beauty products into the house. There's never a dull moment, but there certainly are a lot of laughs. 

Is it any good?

This lighthearted and fun series features Melissa Radke and her trademark loud voice and Texan humor, living an ordinary life in small-town Texas. Her claim that she loves being a wife and mother, despite not being very good at it, sets the stage for many of the contrived antics that take place throughout the show. But this story also makes her, and the whole family's dynamic, easy to relate to. Melissa, who has built a career talking about her struggles with her own self-esteem and negative body issues, gives herself the permission to unapologetically celebrate who she is, and openly loves herself and her family. This makes The Radkes a positive and entertaining show worth tuning into. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the things Melissa Radke says about herself. Does she always make the best parental choices? Is this why she says she's a bad parent?

  • In The Radkes, Melissa sometimes makes jokes about people she knows that are meant to be funny but are stereotypical in nature. Is this a good thing? Is there a way for her to make these jokes without generalizing? 

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