A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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).
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?