Tuckerville

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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It's not perfect, but this home has harmony.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Tucker struggles for authority with her 13-year-old son, and their discussions typically explode into loud verbal brawls. On the plus side, Tucker is an involved, caring single mom.

Violence
Sex

Grayson flirts with girls who enjoy hanging all over him. He comments about the looks of particular girls.

Language

"Damn," "hell," "ass" and the like are used frequently. The hardcore words (which fly fast and furiously between mother and son during arguments) are bleeped.

Consumerism

Non-brand name soda and junk food are a part of social gatherings, but since the show is taped in the home, they're not really noticeable.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults occasionally drink nameless beverages that appear to be mixed drinks, but there's no use by teens.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series portrays both the good and the bad, but often highlights the ugly. Respect and authority between country star Tanya Tucker and her 13-year-old son, Grayson, are definite issues. The rockiness of their relationship and the strong language they use toward each other is pretty intense. But although she's not everyone's ideal of motherhood, Tucker is a single mom who, despite her career and hectic schedule, is very involved in her kids' daily lives.

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What's the story?

Tanya Tucker and her children open the doors to their lives in TUCKERVILLE, a reality series that shows a single parent's daily struggles in balancing career and family life.

Is it any good?

In Tuckerville, the former "bad girl of country music" now focuses on her kids, and it's evident that they top all of her many successes. Daughters Presley (16) and Layla (7) and son Grayson (13) keep Tucker hopping. As in every family (especially those with teenagers), there's plenty of turmoil, and none of it escapes the cameras. In typical reality-show style, individual interviews with the characters offer further insight into the goings-on within the household.

The Tucker home often also welcomes friends and extended family, and sometimes an off-site event brings in other big names from the music industry. In one episode, for example, Grayson escorts his mom to a charity auction where he rubs elbows with country stars LeRoy Parnell and Big and Rich. Tuckerville offers an honest (sometimes startlingly so, as in the case of Tanya and Grayon's frequent verbal clashes) and, at times, heartwarming glimpse into family life that may not be too different from that of many adult and teen viewers. It doesn't reinvent reality TV, but there are worse families to spend time with.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the "reality" of this series. What aspects of the Tuckers' life are similar to yours? Do these kids and parents face challenges that are greater than yours because they're famous, or are their lives made easier by celebrity? Mom Tanya's relationships with her kids also encourage discussion. How do the Tuckers succeed and/or fail at communication?

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