Vanderpump Rules

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Reality spin-off features soap-operish drama, mature themes.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

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

Positive Messages

The series focuses on superficial concerns -- petty arguments and jealousies, mostly.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The servers are hardworking professionals, but they can be superficial, narcissistic, and judgmental.


Catty arguments are frequent. Fights between folks sometimes lead to punching and other violent acts.


The cast members have a history of dating each other. One server's long-term relationship with a married actor is a major theme in the show. The women's uniforms are skimpy and back revealing; men are shown with bare chests. Nudity is blurred. Discussions sometimes involve descriptions of sex acts and intimate relationships. SUR stands for "sexy, unique restaurant."


Words like "pissed," "p---y," and "bitch" are audible. Curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.


The series is a promotional vehicle for Vanderpump's restaurant, SUR. Its logo is prominently featured. It's also a spin-off of the popular Real Housewives franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Servers and clients frequently drink wine, champagne, and cocktails. SUR bartenders are expected to serve lots of mixed drinks with flair. Drunken behavior sometimes leads to promiscuity and/or violence.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Vanderpump Rules is a reality spin-off that features lots of soap opera-like narratives, including themes of dating, promiscuity, and infidelity. Discussions sometimes refer to having sex, and images of shirtless men, and women in skimpy clothes and/or nude (private parts blurred) are common. Frequent drinking sometimes lead to catty arguments and fist fights. The show contains lots of salty vocab too, ("pissed," "p---y," and "bitch"; "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byEthan T. March 16, 2019

Awful disgusting show!! It’s like drinking Kale with Coconut water!!!

I think the past few seasons have been just 1 star! Due to the torrential downpour of profanity and absurd content around the characters they ought to recast an... Continue reading
Adult Written bypauldinglife February 13, 2019

White Priviledge

I thought it was a great show because as an African american female, I struggled as a server and I could relate as to the inter mingling with our co workers, th... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 9, 2014


Physical fights. That's as bad as it gets!

What's the story?

VANDERPUMP RULES, a spin-off of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, features the staff of SUR, a West Hollywood restaurant owned by Beverly Hills housewife Lisa Vanderpump. The group of servers includes hopeful actors, models, and singers like Stassi Schroader, Katie Maloney, and Kristen Doute. Bartenders Jax Taylor and Tom Sandoval round out the tight-knit and flirtatious group. But the presence of new girl Scheana Marie, who has a reputation for dating famous married men, seems to be creating lots of tension despite her efforts to be friendly. Adding to the fray are various romantic entanglements between the staff. Throughout it all, Vanderpump must try to keep them in check in order to keep her business going.

Is it any good?

Vanderpump Rules showcases the lives of a group of young, good-looking, and sexually provocative adults as they engage in endless conversations and arguments about each other. Adding to the drama are their previous and current romantic connections, which appear to be mostly limited to members of their small group.

Despite Vanderpump's efforts to act as a boss-slash-advice giver, it's hard to take this group seriously because of their on-camera commitment to creating and maintaining their soap opera-like lifestyles. But for folks looking for a large portion of voyeuristic guilty pleasure, this show certainly serves it up.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reality shows and spin-offs. Why do some reality show cast members get their own reality shows? Is it their behavior on camera? Their fan base? Can you think of any reality spin-off that became more popular than the original series?

  • Why do you think the restaurant servers agreed to be on the show? Is it for fame? Money? Or to help promote their careers in the entertainment industry? Do you think they act the same way off-camera as they do when the cameras are turned on? Or is the way they behave real?

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