What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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?