A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights the importance of family, despite individual members' problems and imperfections. It also underscores the importance of making positive choices in order to lead a productive and healthy life (in part, by showing the consequences of negative choices).
Positive Role Models
Toya acts as a positive mentor for her daughter and her family. Toya's mother and some of her brothers have made some very negative choices throughout their lives, but they genuinely love each other and are trying to come together and be a strong family.
Violence & Scariness
Family members constantly yell and scream at each other. Arguments are constant and sometimes lead to fist fights. One cast member served 10 years for armed robbery; the arrest of a family member is shown. References are made to Toya’s ex-husband, Lil Wayne, serving prison time.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One adult cast member "accidentally" gets a woman pregnant. References are made to abortions and birth control.
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Frequent curses like "f--k" and "s--t" are fully bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drug addiction (both the impact of and overcoming it) is a major theme in the show. Cigarette smoking is visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality show spin-off features a troubled family trying to come together and heal after years of dealing with drug addiction, violence, and other problems. Major themes also include dealing with an unexpected pregnancy and serving prison time. It also contains lots of bleeped curse words. Despite all of this, the series offers some very positive messages about making positive choices and the importance of family.
Is It Any Good?
The reality docuseries offers a voyeuristic look into the lives of a family that is struggling to overcome a history of addiction and violence in order to pull together and support each other. While they face some very serious challenges, including coping with a drug-addicted parent and overcoming a criminal past, there appears to be a genuine attempt at making constructive choices and leading more productive lives.
It is definitely edgy, and contains lots of difficult moments that make you question whether some members of this family will actually live up to their potential. But Toya's hopeful optimism is inspiring, and makes you really want to see her mother and her siblings turn their lives around.
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