The Real Housewives of Miami

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Rich, sexy socialites live it up in steamy Miami.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Looking good, spending money, finding/pleasing a man, and having fun are prominent themes. Stereotypes about Latinos are plentiful.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Catty behavior between the women is frequent. Some of the women are highly educated and run their own businesses and charities. Some are best known for connections to famous men. Most of the women are mothers; all of them are dedicated to their children.  The housewives are from various multiethnic backgrounds. 

Violence

Yelling, screaming, and catty arguing is frequent. Occasionally arguments lead to mild pushing. Guns are visible at a firing range; jokes are made about shooting people.

Sex

Contains lots of discussions about being sexy and looking good to attract men. Infidelity is discussed. Lots of skimpy bikinis, tight Speedos, bare male chests, and on occasion, thong-clad behinds visible. One housewife takes stripper pole dancing classes. Snide references are made about lesbianism.

Language

Words like "ass," "bitch," and "ballsy" audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism

Mansions, expensive boats, and high-end products from designers like Channel and Gucci. Blackberrys and iPhones visible. Features cameo appearances by celebs like Natalie Cole, Dennis Rodman, and Rick Ross.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (wine, champagne, mixed drinks) is visible during meals and other social events.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series, as is typical of the Real Housewives franchise, features lots of materialistic wealth, catty behavior, strong language (“bitch,” “ass,” stronger words bleeped) and drinking. It also contains some strong sexual innuendo and Latino stereotypes, both which reflect Miami’s reputation for being hot and sexy.

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What's the story?

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF MIAMI features some of the sizzling city’s most prominent socialites. It stars Alexia Echevarria, the executive director of Venue magazine, former Texas native and prominent community activist Lea Black, Public Relations exec Marysol Patton, and Brazilian art curator Adriana De Moura-Sidi. Rounding out the group is Larsa Pippen, wife of retired basketball champ Scottie Pippen, and former NBA wife Cristy Rice. When they are not working, taking care of their children, or hanging out on the beach, the clan enjoys everything Miami’s colorful and swanky social scene has to offer.

Is it any good?

As expected, this installment of the Real Housewives franchise mixes in materialistic, high-end living with lots of gossip and catty behavior. The cast also personifies Miami’s multicultural heritage, which is mostly defined by the city’s Latino’s population. Unfortunately, some of this heritage is reflected in stereotypes that range from featuring Latina women as hypersexualized beings to drawing some humorous attention to the Cuba’s strong spiritualist legacy.

It definitely has some flair, but overall, the show doesn’t offer anything remarkably different from its Housewives counterparts. This includes being indulgently voyeuristic. As a result, it will probably feel comfortably familiar to fans of the brand, and be no less entertaining.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of the Real Housewives brand. Why are these shows so popular? What kinds of messages do these shows send about women, friendship, and consumerism?

  • Do you think that this series offers a realistic view of Miami, Florida? Or is it playing up to existing stereotypes about the city and the people who live there? Do you think the cast was chosen primarily to reflect these stereotypes? 

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For kids who love dramatic stories

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