A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The challenges that come with building a restaurant franchise are highlighted. The importance of family is a major theme.
Positive Role Models
They don't always agree, but the three brothers are very close to, and supportive of, each other. They love and respect their mother.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the Wahlbergs' childhood transgressions, including stealing, fighting, gambling, being arrested, and spending time in jail, are discussed from time to time. The death of a sister is also talked about.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional references to "boobs."
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Words like "hell" and "pissed" audible; curses like "Goddamn," "s--t," and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The series is a promotional vehicle for Wahlburgers, and at times, Paul Wahlberg's restaurant, Alma Nove, which is also prominently featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (wine, cocktails, beer) is visible over meals and during social events. Cigarette smoking is occasionally visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wahlburgers is a reality series that includes lots of positive messages about family and being responsible business people. It contains some mild sexual references (like brief conversation about "boobs"), some salty vocab ("hell," "pissed"), and drinking. It also highlights some violent events from the Wahlberg brothers' tough childhood. The show is a promotional vehicle for the Wahlburgers restaurant.
Is It Any Good?
From deciding on a location for the second Wahlburger restaurant, to arguing over which son is Alma Wahlberg's favorite, Wahlburgers offers a voyeuristic-but-fun look at the family dynamics between the younger members of the Wahlberg clan. It also highlights the challenges that come with owning a restaurant and building a franchise, few of which are eliminated by Donnie or Mark's fame.
Some of the scenes feel contrived, but they're still entertaining thanks to the appearances of family friends like Henry "Nacho" Laun and Johnny "Drama" Alves, who inspired some of the characters in the HBO-series Entourage. But it's the anecdotes shared about the Wahlberg family, and the way the brothers interact with each other and their mother as adults, that give this show it's heart.
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