Parents' Guide to

Tori and Dean

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Donna Martin grows up and gets a reality show.

TV Oxygen Reality TV 2007
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Real-life Tori -- not the strange fact-fiction hybrid she played on So NoTORIous -- seems warm, adventurous, and game for anything. Dean is refreshing, too. Instead of coming across as a K-Fed prototype, he actually seems like a genuinely nice guy -- an apt, stable foil for Tori's flighty, earth mother-like persona. The result is a nuptial reality show that displays some of the charm (witless or not) of its most famous precursor -- MTV's Newlyweds.

But as with Newlyweds, Tori and Dean has its questionable moments. For example, when they walk into the obstetrician's office for an ultrasound, Tori and Dean are besieged by the omnipresent paparazzi. Later, Dean talks earnestly about the frustrating experience, bemoaning having their privacy invaded. And yet, seconds later, viewers get their own up-close view of the actual ultrasound, a sweet-but-all-too-planned instant that should probably have been left private ... and makes Dean's earlier comments ring hollow. It feels like a constructed, actorly moment. Which is perhaps the whole point of the series: Being in front of the camera is clearly what Tori considers her true calling.

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