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Parents' Guide to

The Real Housewives of Dallas

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dallas Housewives have big egos, little substance.

TV Bravo Reality TV 2016
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Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Watching RHOD is like Reliving your Middle School years

This is the worst of all Housewives franchises. Each week you enter the Twilight Zone and revisit your most traumatic middle school experiences as a by-stander to Extreme Bullying. Brandi is Satanic in her weekly, well-orchestrated attackers on Lee Ann, which leaves viewers feeling uncomfortable each week.

Is It Any Good?

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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.

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