Parents' Guide to

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

More of the same "reality," this time in the Garden State.

TV Bravo Reality TV 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Bunch of finging CU... that give the LADIES of the world a bad name.

Don't watch this filth!!!!!!!
age 13+

Ok

Cat, and real fights. Tons of sexual references. Very, very strong language. Often drunk. Good, not the best, but good. I like it. But, my kids must wait a few years

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Like the other Real Housewives series, the show offers a voyeuristic look at how these women negotiate having money and status while also trying to stay true to themselves and their relationships. Unfortunately, most of the stories being told -- from some of Teresa's well-meaning but gaudy makeup choices to the dynamics of the Manzo family (which leave you wondering whether the Sopranos are living next door) -- seem to be embedded in stereotypes about the Italian-American community. Meanwhile, while most of the featured women are educated and/or have some kind of professional experience, they're openly satisfied with living off the wealth of their current (or former) husbands.

The tight-knit nature of the show's community leads to a lot of tension with those who don't seem to "fit" into the well-established elite. While having "new" money doesn't seem to be an issue, some of the women's past and current relationships risk making them social outcasts. As a result, accusations fly and cat fights are a regular occurrence. Of course, it's exactly these moments of over-the-top drama -- along with the material excesses and obnoxious behavior -- that makes the Real Housewives shows the guilty pleasures that they are.

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