The Real Housewives of Atlanta

Common Sense Media says

Meet another group of materialistic women, y'all.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show focuses on women who are driven by wealth, status, and materialism. Deals with issues like divorce, single motherhood, and illegitimacy.

Positive role models

Some cast members are educated, successful, and wealthy; others appear as stereotypical "gold-diggers" and their partners are sometimes referred to as "sugar daddies" and "Big Papa."

Violence

The women argue, shout, and wag fingers in one another's faces.

Sex

Some strong sexual innuendo. Some of the women wear tight-fitting, chest-revealing clothes. A birthday party features pole dancing.

Language

Audible language includes words like "bitch" (both spoken and written out in text messages). Stronger words like "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism

Prominently shows lots of high-end brands like Versace, Dior, Jimmy Choo, and Cadillac. Lisa Wu's various clothing and fashion lines -- including Wu girls and Hart 2 Hart Baby -- and Sheree's fashion line, She by Sheree, are also prominently featured. The women are very concerned with material wealth and the status that it brings them.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Frequent consumption of alcohol (wine, champagne, mixed drinks).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this latest installment of the Real Housewives franchise -- which follows the lives of five wealthy Atlanta socialites -- is more of the same. Like their counterparts in Orange County and New York, these women place great importance on wealth, social status, and material goods. Although the show deals with some of their personal problems (divorce, single motherhood) the series primarily focuses on their obsession with staying at the top of the city's social ladder. Not surprisingly, lots of high-end name brands are prominently featured. Also expect catty behavior, salty language (the strongest words are bleeped), sexual innuendo, and plenty of drinking.

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What's the story?

The latest installment of the popular, voyeuristic Real Housewives franchise follows some of Georgia's wealthiest socialites as they work to keep their place at the top of the city's A-list. Cameras roll as these five strong Southern women -- Lisa Wu Hartwell, Sheree Whitfield, DeShawn Snow, NeNe Leakes, and Kim Zolciak -- maintain their luxurious households, raise their kids, run their various businesses and charities, and keep their place among Atlanta's newly rich and famous. But, like their fellow wealthy housewives in California and New York, they must also deal with problems that money can't fix -- like divorce, single motherhood, and, in some cases, coping with issues stemming from a difficult past.

Is it any good?

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Like the ladies of the O.C. and NYC, these women enjoy a life of wealth and status that most people can only dream about. But their status comes primarily from newly acquired wealth (thanks to successful marriages and partnerships with professional athletes, lucrative divorce settlements, and anonymous benefactors). Because of this, even though some of the women are highly successful entrepreneurs (Lisa is a successful real estate broker and fashion designer, and Sheree is a successful business owner), they sometimes come across as stereotypical "gold diggers" who are both calculating and greedy. Their behavior often seems a little tawdry, too, as they engage in catty arguments while trying to outshine the women in their small-but-elite inner circle.

Because it's set in the city that's considered by many to be the "land of opportunity" for African Americans, THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA highlights a successful and powerful segment of the African-American community that isn't always seen on television. Discussions of race are subtle, but it's an important theme here. References are made about Nene's "outlandish" (translation: "low class") behavior, while Kim -- one of Nene's best friends and the only Caucasian woman in the group -- is often visibly missing from many of the housewives' gatherings. The show delivers a mixed bag of social messages, but one thing remains constant: For these women, money and image -- and the power those two things bring them -- is everything.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of watching shows about wealthy, elite members of society. Why do you think the Real Housewives franchise is so successful? What kinds of messages do these shows send about people who have money? Do you think people really want to be like them? What would be the hardest part about living like these people? The easiest? Families can also discuss some of the women featured on the show. Some of them talk about their troubled pasts. How do you think that impacts the way they live their lives today?

TV details

Cast:Kim Zolciak, NeNe Leakes, Sheree Whitfield
Network:Bravo
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 17 years old Written bygaga 4 ever April 7, 2011
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luv the show!!!! i love how it shows how indepent women can be and it shows what life it lik in the real world with all the drama! it doesnt sugar coat things lik parents try to do with everything
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 17 years old Written bycrazychips November 24, 2010
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eh depends on the parent

i mean its prob not the best show for kids but if you don't mind theme hearing some mildly bad language and getting a real taste of the world it's all good but you should also explain what parts you think you need to tell them about and if they ask questions you should answer them
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byheymonday101 January 12, 2011
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so ghetto!

SO GHETTO!!! LOVE IT!!!!!

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