The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Common Sense Media says

Money, connections, and looks are everything in this town.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Material wealth, networking, and physical beauty are central to these women’s lives.

Positive role models

The housewives usually come across as materialistic and catty. Some of them have a strong professional work ethic, while others are committed moms. A few of the women have problems curbing their spending when faced with financial problems.

Violence

Arguing, yelling, and occasional pushing and shoving. The women occasionally undergo minor plastic surgical procedures on camera that involve lots of needles and facial swelling.

Sex

Some sexual topics discussed, including references to genitals and intercourse. Some of the women discuss their fears about not being pretty and/or sexy enough to hold on to their husbands.

Language

Words like “s--t” and “f--k” are bleeped.

Consumerism

Wealth and materialism are major themes in the show. Brands visible include Rolls-Royce, Lincoln-Continental, Hummer, Versace (etc.). The Maloof Family’s various franchises, including the Sacramento Kings and the Las Vegas Palms Hotel and Casino are prominently featured.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Alcohol (wine, champagne, mixed drinks) are served during dinners, cocktail parties, and other social events. Drinking sometimes leads to some inappropriate behavior.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this installment of the Real Housewives franchise features some of the wealthy and privileged women of Beverly Hills, California. Like its sister shows, wealth and materialism are major themes here. The show features its trademark catty behavior among the women, as well as plenty of drinking (wine, champagne, cocktails), gambling, and some strong language (“s--t,” “f--k”, all bleeped).

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Kids say

What's the story?

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS showcases the glamorous lives of some of the women living in the city of make believe. The series features business woman Adrienne Maloof, a member of the Maloof family business empire, British entrepreneur Lisa Vanderpump, and business woman Taylor Armstrong. Camille Grammer, a dancer who is best known as actor Kelsey Grammer’s wife, and former child actress Kyle Richards are also part of the gang. Also joining the cast is Kyle’s sister, Kim Richards, a former Disney child star who finds it hard to connect with the Beverly Hills clan. From flying to basketball games in chartered jets to attending red carpet events, the housewives show how they work and live in a town where money, connections, and looks, are everything.

Is it any good?

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Like its predecessors, much of the show’s focus is on how much these women have and how well they live. While some of these women pursue business ventures and have a strong work ethic, most of them are also married to very wealthy men. However, they are all pretty savvy when it comes to understanding that their status in Beverly Hills can change in an instant. 

The show features its fair share of catty behavior, salty language, and obnoxiously luxurious lifestyles. The sibling rivalry between the Richards sisters, and the conversations about the Grammer’s deteriorating marriage, also create some heated exchanges and some awkward voyeuristic moments. Bottom line? This show offers more of the same old Housewives drama, which means that franchise fans won’t be disappointed.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of the Real Housewives brand. Why are these shows so successful? What kinds of messages do they send about consumerism?

  • Do you think that this series fairly represents what life is really like in Beverly Hills? Or do you think it is playing into existing stereotypes about the area and the people who live there?

TV details

Cast:Adrienne Maloof, Camille Grammer, Kim Richards
Network:Bravo
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written byJoe-SF December 18, 2010
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IMO ,it is the biggest train wreck of the RHW series. Was between 2-3 stars & still love to watch it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old December 27, 2013
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18
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ANNOYING!!!

My mom is so obsessed with this show it's the worst!!! They only thing the do is brag! My mom also watches the other Real Housewives series.But I do remember this show used to have Kelsey Grammer's ex wife Camille
Teen, 16 years old Written bypapercut863 June 15, 2012
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NOT for kids

title says it all
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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