A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
As Salt and Pepa work to repair their fractured friendship, viewers learn lessons about forgiveness and accepting others' flaws. Issues regarding eating disorders and body image are dealt with candidly, but not sensationally.
Violence & Scariness
The ladies argue occasionally, but it never gets physical.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters are sometimes shown dancing suggestively and/or wearing tight/skimpy clothes, and light sexual innuendo occasionally pops up, but it's kept in check with frequent discussions about self-respect and morality. The ladies examine their older, sexually charged lyrics and videos, disagreeing about whether they're still appropriate or not.
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"Bitch" and "damn" are uttered every now and then; stronger words are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are sometimes shown drinking alcohol, but rarely to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that even though this reality series has a few strikes against it in terms of content, its infractions are mild, and its message is overwhelmingly positive -- especially for young girls. Due largely to Salt's influence, the erstwhile rappers take a look at their older, more sexually charged lyrics and videos and reinvent themselves as ladies with class (and considerable sass) without resorting to loud gimmicks. Salt also candidly discusses her struggles with bulimia during the group's heyday, which may help parents talk to kids about eating disorders and body-image issues.
Is It Any Good?
One of the most interesting aspects of the show is Salt's ongoing struggle to clean up Salt-N-Pepa's act by toning down some of the sexually suggestive lyrics and choreography that had largely defined the group. As a Christian and a mother of two, she no longer feels comfortable performing songs like "Push It" and grinding on muscular male dancers. But a bewildered Pepa can't understand what's so bad about a little onstage lap-dancing. Normally, a show's producers might try to exploit that kind of conflict for comedic effect. But The Salt-N-Pepa Show takes a more responsible approach, giving each lady the chance to say her piece. The revelations that emerge lead to frank discussions about body image, sexuality, and being a woman in the music business -- which might just make teens think twice about the gyrating female pop stars they idolize.
Unlike other reality fare, which tends to be frenzied at best, The Salt-N-Pepa Show moves at a pace that's noteworthy for its normalcy. It doesn't try to be sexy; it simply tells the story of two former friends who are trying to make amends. It also offers an honest look at the complexities of the music business and how its pressures can erode even the strongest of friendships.
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