A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Real Housewives of Potomac contains all the expected content The Real Housewives franchise is known for, including endless argumentative behavior, drinking, and some strong language. It also contains some sexual innuendo, and themes such as infidelity and divorce are discussed. Much of the focus is on wealth and social status, and, to this end, it features lots of high-end brands.
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What's the story?
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF THE POTOMAC is an installment of the Real Housewives franchise featuring a small group of African-American women in the exclusive and largely white community of Potomac, Maryland. The cast, known for their family legacies and large cash flow, includes native Potomac resident Gizelle Bryant; philanthropic socialite Katie Rost; Karen Huger, who's married to a wealthy IT company president; and Robyn Dixon, the ex-wife of NBA player Juan Dixon. It also stars Charisse Jackson Jordan, the etiquette-focused, former president of the National Basketball Wives Association. From tennis matches to high-scale fundraisers, the women enjoy being in their exclusive social circle, even if they don't always get along. But the introduction of newcomer Ashley Darby, a no-holds-barred former beauty queen with a strong work ethic, makes things a little more interesting.
Is it any good?
Yet another round of this guilty-pleasure series offers viewers the classic wealth-centered, narcissistic, endlessly argumentative behavior the franchise is known for. But some of the cast members' constant focus on following proper social etiquette and their strong need to educate their peers on these niceties make it almost comical.
The attitudes these socialites have about each other and their behavior toward each other are so predictable and over the top that you can’t help but notice that their actions are completely contrived for the camera. It’s a tired premise, but if you're a Housewives fan, you won't be disappointed.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the popularity of The Real Housewives. Why do you think these communities, and these women, were chosen for the show? Do they all behave the way they do on TV in real life? What is it about these shows that make them interesting to viewers? Is it the wealth? The way people treat each other?
Families can also talk about reality TV. Would you like to be on a reality show? Why, or why not?
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