Parents' Guide to

The Vineyard

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Forgettable quasi-reality dramatizes young adult lives.

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The Vineyard takes a softer approach to reality-style voyeurism than does the likes of Jersey Shore, but it's clear from the get-go that it's not out to debunk any stereotypes either. Not surprisingly, every one of these Martha's Vineyard-set cast members not only is gorgeous and, to some degree, privileged, but also knows how to work a camera, casting some doubt on the unscripted nature of show. Of course, the fact that the drama is so divisive so immediately also makes you wonder how much of the content has been manufactured.

None of what you'll see in this show should be a surprise, given that it revolves around the lifestyles and relationships of a group of red-blooded singletons in summer vacation mode. Casual flings, partying, ulterior motives, sabotage -- all have starring roles in this show's entertainment quality, and all are points of concern for impressionable teens. Ultimately The Vineyard adds its name to a long list of reality-style series that sensationalize human drama for sport and send questionable messages about positive body image by way of their homogeneous casts.

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