Welcome to Myrtle Manor

 
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Trailer park reality docu has lots drinking, stereotypes.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series offers a stereotypical picture what life is like in a trailer park. Stereotypes about Southerners are also highlighted.

Positive role models

Becky cares about the community, but is often unable to get people to follow the rules. She also makes decisions about who can rent trailers based on how they look. Some residents are very nosey.

Violence

Arguments sometimes evolve into shoving matches and brawls; punches are thrown. One resident served time for assault and battery. References to beating people with wood planks and other things to "knock some sense into them." Stunts like pouring gas on a TV set cause mild fires and other problems.

Sex

Some references to sex acts, infidelity, and genitals (some more subtle than others). Men are shown shirtless, while women appear in skimpy bikinis and stripping down to their underwear; occasional nudity is blacked out. Crude references like "boobies" and other crude language both visible and audible. Allusions to prostitution.

Language

Words like "ass" and "crap" are audible; stronger vocab like "d-ck," "f--k," and "s--t" are bleeped.

Consumerism

Logos for Cadillacs, Buicks, and other cars are occasionally visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking (beer, hard liquor, wine) is a frequently visible; people engage in drunken behavior and/or pass out as a result. Cigarette smoking is also common.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Welcome to Myrtle Manor takes a stereotypical look into the world of a South Carolina trailer park. It contains lots of drinking, cigarette smoking, and wild behavior. Brawls sometimes break out, too. There's lots of sexual conversation, including references to prostitution, sexual acts, genitals, etc. People are shown in skimpy bikinis or partial dress, but nudity is blacked out. The language is pretty strong, too.

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What's the story?

WELCOME TO MYRTLE MANOR is a reality series that revolves around the lives of an eccentric group of people living in a family-run Myrtle Beach, South Carolina trailer park. The series stars Becky, Myrtle Manor's landlady who is committed to making the 120-unit park a 5-star residential resort. Life is never dull in this transient neighborhood thanks to residents like the bikini-clad Chelsey and Linsday, who spend their time making and selling hot dogs, the rather flamboyant Roy and his business partner Gina, who co-own the on-site beauty salon, and party promoter Taylor, who lives with his on again/off again girlfriend Jessica, and across the street from his quirky mom, Anne. Adding to the fray is the young and good-looking Jared, who moved into a trailer in exchange for handyman services, and Miss Peggy, a 30-year resident who likes to speak her mind. Security guard Marvin helps Becky gently keep everyone in line, but her father and no-nonsense park owner Cecil expects the the park to be run like a profitable business. It's not always easy, but Becky is committed to the park and most of the colorful people in it.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The South Carolina-based series attempts to show how the colorful Myrtle Beach-area trailer park residents function as a family, regardless of how often the community's rules are handed down, ignored, and/or on occasion, enforced. But the real highlight of the voyeuristic series is watching the gang drink, socialize, argue, and engage in silly or potentially dangerous activities. The interactions between the park residents and outsiders gets a little crazy, too.

While it appears lighthearted and fun, Welcome to Myrtle Manor relies on common stereotypes about the South, as well as about people who live in trailer parks, to make it entertaining. Adding to this is the very public way that the show's producers staged the trailer park (the actual name of which is Patrick Manor) in order to create a series that specifically underscores stereotypes. Reality fans looking for a guilty pleasure may find it here, but the stereotypes make it not the best choice for families.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what goes into producing reality shows. Is there a difference between a reality show and a show that is unscripted? When a reality show is heavily orchestrated, at what point does it become a work of fiction? Is there a way to tell when a reality show really isn't real when you watch it?

  • What is the impact of using stereotypes to define and/or describe a community and/or culture? Is using stereotypes ever appropriate, even if it is used to be entertaining? Is there such thing as a positive stereotype?

  • Why does the media rely on generalizations when producing reality shows? If you were to produce a reality show, how could you go about doing it without doing the same thing?

TV details

Network:TLC
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byLaDeeDah March 11, 2013
 

Wasted Space On TV

If you spend 10 minutes of your life on this waste you'll never get it back. I would not allow my children to watch this. This is nothing like Myrtle Beach, I think TLC has shown how low they'll stoop to compete which is a disgrace. It is very staged with poorly paid actors. Lets hope it goes away and quality programming makes a comeback.
Parent Written byBangles March 11, 2014
 

My view of Myrtle Manor

I think the show is just fine. The people are not professional actors, they are real. I actually visited Myrtle Manor this past weekend and found it to be a very clean, real trailer park. The people are down to earth people and friendly. Not everyone who lives in the park, on the show, (there are alot of trailers there), and most of them are proud to have the show filming there. The show is not any worse than some of the other reality shows on TV. I'm just saying.

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