A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although being a happily blended family is discussed, much of the show's focus is on the family's luxurious lifestyle. They are a strongly religious family, and they talk about how God wants them to be rich.
Positive Role Models
They all clearly love each other but don't always get along. Some cast members are more pleasant than others.
Violence & Scariness
Arguments sometimes break out between family members. Cast members' previous arrests are discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters discuss sex, virginity, and kissing, and married couples are seen being affectionate in bed. One cast member had a baby at the age of 14; some cast members worked in a strip club when they were younger.
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Words such as "damn" are audible; occasional curses are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The Tankard ministry and the DC Destiny Center are prominently featured. Hummers, Mercedes-Benz, and other expensive vehicle makes and models are visible. Apple computers, iPads, and iPhones also are shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol and drug (marijuana) use is discussed; occasionally drunken behavior is visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Thicker Than Water features the day-to-day antics of a wealthy pastor's blended family. Many of the themes focus on the family's wealth -- both how good they have it and how much they deserve it -- and some difficult childhood issues are discussed, too. There are lots of logos (Mercedes-Benz, Hummer, Apple), and some episodes feature references to sex and sex-related activities, including having a child out of wedlock at a very young age. Words such as "damn" are used, and alcohol and drug use is sometimes discussed. Thicker Than Water is milder than some reality shows, but it's not geared toward kids.
Is It Any Good?
The Tankards refer to themselves as a modern-day Brady Bunch thanks to the merging of two families after Ben and Jewel's marriage 10 years ago. But, despite the show's focus on the family's dynamics, many of its themes center on how good the clan feels to be rich and how they believe that God himself has called on them to be wealthy.
Despite their commitment to ministry, the way the pastor and his wife flaunt their wealth makes it difficult to take them seriously. Meanwhile, outside of some edgy stories about some of the the Tankards' troubled childhoods and a few arguments, its pretty boring. It's definitely voyeuristic, but, overall, there's just not a whole lot going on here.
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