A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series focuses on superficial concerns -- petty arguments and jealousies, mostly.
Positive Role Models
The servers are hardworking professionals, but they can be superficial, narcissistic, and judgmental.
Violence & Scariness
Catty arguments are frequent. Fights between folks sometimes lead to punching and other violent acts.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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."
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Words like "pissed," "p---y," and "bitch" are audible. Curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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).
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.
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