Tuesday Night Book Club

TV review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Cheesy copycat reality show is too racy for kids.

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Positive Messages

The show focuses on women's relationships with men (rather than books, as the title implies). While many of the women have successful careers, their non-relationship lives get lost in the shuffle. All of the women are white and wealthy.

Violence

Lots of arguing. One woman pushes another into the pool.

Sex

Lots of discussion of sexual topics -- adultery, spouse-swapping, woman-on-woman acts for the pleasure of men, seducing one's husband with sexy clothing. Revealing clothing, including bikinis. Some sexual objectification of men and women. Couples in bed, with the suggestion of sexual activity.

Language

Mild profanity. Stronger words are bleeped, and rare.

Consumerism

No obvious product placement aside from the books that are nominally being discussed, but some car and household brands are distingushable.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Many scenes depict characters drinking. One couple struggles with the husband's recovery from addiction.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this cheesy reality show focuses not on reading -- as the title implies -- but on discussing adult relationships and sex. Women dress provocatively, have affairs, contemplate divorce, and more. Characters are regularly shown drinking.

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Adult Written byJENNA April 9, 2008
Adult Written bypinktoenails April 9, 2008

Finally! A must see for women. Tuck the kids in first.

I loved it! Is anyone else sick of watching what your kids or husband wants to watch. I am not sure how real it is. But who cares. It is entertaining. While... Continue reading

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What's the story?

With the success of Desperate Housewives and the reality show The Real Housewives of Orange County, CBS turns its attention to TUESDAY NIGHT BOOK CLUB. This docu-soap, shot in the style of Laguna Beach, depicts seven real (though uniformly attractive) women from the wealthy Scottsdale, Arizona, area who get together on Tuesday nights for companionship and to relate their various relationship woes (rarely does anyone crack a book, despite the show's title). The clubbers include Tina, a 46-year-old divorcee and leader of the group, who takes the younger women under her wing; Kirin, an emotional mother of two who can't seem to get her doctor husband into bed; Jamie, a gorgeous 25-year-old married to her high-school sweetheart and contemplating divorce; Cris, an animal-obsessed mother of two who's recently taken her recovering addict husband back into the house; and Lynn, a newlywed gym rat with a serious chip on her shoulder.

Is it any good?

This adult-oriented material isn't meant for younger viewers. Much of the action centers on the intricate emotional issues between husbands and wives and the struggles of family life. Couples bicker about sex, money, and responsibility. The women drink constantly, and viewers see some of them get drunk. Lots of discussion centers on sex, including a key party scene in which the couples contemplate spouse-swapping.

While overall TNBC is a tepid, superficial drama, moments of these women's lives tap into a shared female experience and elicit real emotion from the viewer. Too bad it's not enough to make the show watchable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about values. What are the most important issues in these women's lives? How do these values compare to your family's? Why are money and sex the most common sources of tension in a relationship? And why do you think these women are in a book club if they rarely talk about what they're reading?

TV details

  • Premiere date: June 13, 2006
  • Cast: Paige King
  • Network: CBS
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming

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