Toya: A Family Affair

Common Sense Media says

Positive messages shine through tough-life reality show.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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. 

Sex

One adult cast member "accidentally" gets a woman pregnant. References are made to abortions and birth control.

Language

Frequent curses like "f--k" and  "s--t" are fully bleeped.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drug addiction (both the impact of and overcoming it) is a major theme in the show. Cigarette smoking is visible.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

TOYA: A FAMILY AFFAIR, a spinoff of the popular BET unscripted series Tiny and Toya, features Antonia "Toya" Carter as she attempts to bring her family closer together while her mother undergoes drug rehabilitation. The reality celeb returns to her native New Orleans with her 11-year-old daughter Reginae in order to be closer to mom Anita Johnson, and strengthen her relationship with her adult brothers, Walter, Josh, Casey, and Rudy. As she tries to mentor her brothers so that they will stay out of trouble and make better personal choices, she also faces her own personal and professional challenges.

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about some of the issues discussed in this series. In what ways can one person’s drug addiction impact an entire family? What about an unexpected pregnancy? A criminal act? How does the media portray the consequences of these actions vs. what they can potentially be in real life? 

  • Do you think members of Toya’s family are genuinely trying to change their lives, or is it for the sake of reality TV? Why?

TV details

Cast:Anita Johnson, Antonia Carter, Reginae Carter
Network:BET
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14

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Parent Written byPUNKINPIE July 6, 2011
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Positive message for TEENS

Teenagers can learn a lot about the things they go through and the consequences. It comes on very late in the evening so it's not geared towards young children under 12. It's positve and talks about the break through from drug addiction, poverty and the struggle for a better life. It also speaks about jail, the unhappiness of it and the way it effects your life and your family. Young boys can really learn about choosing the wrong path and how their life will spiral down-hill in the event of doing so.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written bymalikluvsu May 8, 2011
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14
QUALITY
 

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Bad Show For Kids
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models

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