A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Money, social status are everything; sexist attitudes about marriage, women.
Positive Role Models
The cast is superficial, class-conscious.
Violence & Scariness
Endless arguing, bullying behavior.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Infidelity discussed; crude references, bathroom humor.
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"Bitch," "ass"; bleeped curses.
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Products & Purchases
Fiji water, high-end brands such as Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Chanel; local businesses.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine, champagne, cocktails; references to drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Real Housewives of Dallas, like most of the other installments of the Real Housewives franchise, contains lots of arguing, drinking, bleeped cursing, and flaunting of wealth including high-end labels (Chanel, Porsche). It also features some bathroom humor and crude sexual references. Substance abuse is occasionally referenced.
Is It Any Good?
This reality series relies on big egos, gossip, and mean exchanges as viewers watch a group of Dallas women challenge each other's social statuses in an elitist world. As expected, there are lots of booze-fueled events (where wine is sometimes referred to as "Jesus juice"), arguing, and other less-than-classy behavior. Despite attempts to dispel common stereotypes about Texan women (like having big hair and lacking style), it feeds into other cringeworthy stereotypes about women being ditzy, trophy wives, and, in some cases, completely dependent on their husbands.
While some of these women are clearly educated, it's very hard to take them seriously. Even though a few of them aren't millionaires (or particularly sophisticated), they are all presented as members of a privileged circle that lacks diversity and awareness -- let alone anything substantial to talk about. The charity events they raise money for also feel false and fail to tap into local social issues. Ultimately, none of these details add up to anything fresh or new, which results in a show that tries to do it bigger but doesn't manage to do it better.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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