WAGS

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Reality show about sports-wife culture brings nothing new.

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

Positive Messages

WAGS are competitive, image-conscious.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Women endlessly compete with each other.

Violence

Arguing.

Sex

Flirting. Sex, infidelity discussed. Skin-revealing outfits, partially bare buttocks.

Language

"Ho," "ass," "bitch"; bleeped cursing.

Consumerism

Lots of high-end labels (Cadillac, Rolls-Royce, Louis Vuitton).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of drinking (wine, champagne, cocktails).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, as with most sports-wives-themed reality, WAGS features lots of argumentative behavior among women, as well as sexual innuendo, partial nudity (backsides), strong language ("bitch," "ass"; bleeped cursing), and lots of drinking (champagne, wine, cocktails). There are lots of high-end retailers and logos (Cadillac, Rolls-Royce) visible too.

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What's the story?

WAGS is a reality show starring a group of Los Angeles-based wives and girlfriends (aka "WAGS") of professional athletes. It stars Sasha Gates, the wife of San Diego Charger Antonio Gates; Ashley North, a professional stylist who's engaged to Dashon Goldson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Autumn Aijirotutu, wife of San Diego Charger Seyi Aijirotutu; and former WWE Diva Barbie Blank (aka Kelly Kelly), who is married to Anaheim Ducks hockey player Sheldon Souray. Also joining the cast is Natalie Halcro, who is dating San Diego Charger Shaun Phillips, and her cousin, Olivia Pierson, who has been linked to several professional athletes over the years. From living with great wealth to competing with other women interested in their high-profile partners, these ladies show how they navigate both the glamorous and the dark sides of the WAG lifestyle.

Is it any good?

This unoriginal reality show shows how a group of women define and preserve their roles as professional athletes' romantic partners while enjoying the luxuries that come with the lifestyle. Much like shows such as Basketball Wives, it also highlights the "rules" of this community and the way women are positioned within its social hierarchy based on the kind of relationship they're in.

As wonderful as they claim the WAG life to be, these women spend a lot of time trying to cope with the fact that they're not always the No. 1 priority in their partners' lives. Meanwhile, their constant conversations about maintaining a certain image for the sake of their husbands and boyfriends is both tiresome and sexist. Viewers may enjoy this as a guilty pleasure, but chances are they've seen (and heard) all of it before.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why the wives and girlfriends of professional athletes make good subjects for reality shows. Is it because of their partners? Because of the tabloid rumors that surround them?

  • Is the behavior featured here real? Do you think it perpetuates existing stereotypes about athletes and their wives?

TV details

For kids who love reality

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