Parents' Guide to

The Simple Life

By Beth Pratt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

This show made Paris and Nicole household names.

TV E! Reality TV 2003
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 13+

Loves it

These two girls are cool and they make life look fun also there from la and they have a simple life not bad.

This title has:

Great messages
age 16+

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (1 ):

On one level, teens will love seeing two spoiled girls being forced to do ordinary things such as going to the grocery store, sharing a bathroom with others, being interns, or taking care of someone's house. Their exaggerated reactions to everything from pig's feet to a pickup truck are funny.

But parents might want to talk with their kids about the way all of the characters are portrayed here. Are the show's producers combating stereotypes or furthering them? For example, the host family laughed when Nicole said she heard that people in the South hang out at Wal-Mart for fun (which appeared to dispel a myth about rural life), but producers cued Deliverance-type banjo music every time the family was shown working on their farm (which promoted the "country hick" idea). Bottom line: This show may be a guilty pleasure for older teens and adults, but unless you want your younger kids imitating the socialites' bratty behavior, you're better off avoiding The Simple Life.

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