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 Husbands of Hollywood is a fictitious reality show starring real actors/entertainers with celebrity wives. The comedy is mild compared to the reality shows it spoofs, but features some sexual discussions, including some crude references like "nuts," some salty vocab, and lots of social drinking. Comic arguments and occasional physical fights (punching, kicking) break out.
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What's the story?
THE REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD is a fictitious reality series starring the entertainer husbands of some notable Hollywood women. It stars comedian Kevin Hart as himself, who finds himself enjoying life thanks to a successful career and recent divorce. His circle of friends include Nick Cannon, husband of singer Mariah Carey; Duane Martin, husband of actress Tisha Campbell; and Boris Kodjoe, husband of actress Nicole Ari Parker. Also part of the gang is J.B. Smoove, who is married to singer Shahidah Omar, and Robin Thicke, actress Paula Patton's husband. From absurd jealousies over wives and careers, to fighting with children about pie, these men navigate the difficult social world of Hollywood, and still look to each other for friendship.
Is it any good?
The Real Husbands of Hollywood, which is produced by Nick Hart, offers a funny portrayal of some famous Hollywood men playing themselves as husbands, fathers, and friends in some over-the-top narratives. The appearances of notable celebs like Nelly, Jay Leno, and Shaquille O'Neal, as the stories unfold in the parody, also add to the fun.
The men don't specifically behave like the women featured on popular reality shows, but it's a little slapsticky at times. However, the series' obvious references to common reality show events, like gossipy conversations, scenes of enemies behaving like friends, and of course, dramatic confrontations, create some laughable moments. Folks looking for some lighthearted comedy fare will definitely find some here.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about comedies. What exactly is a spoof and/or parody? Is it meant to offer important social commentary? Or is it just meant to be funny? Can a spoof go too far? Stereotypes are often used as a way of creating humor in parodies. Is this appropriate, even when they are used to make a point?
What specific kinds of things does this show do to make it seem like a reality show, even though it isn't? Have you ever seen a reality show and thought it was supposed to be a comedy? Do you think there's a chance that people will watch this series and think that it is actually a reality show? Is this a problem?