Family TV Guide: 'The Bachelorette'
by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 30th 2010 7:00PM
Airtime: Mon., 8PM ET on ABC
FCC Rating: TV-14
Jane's Rating: OK for kids 14+
Let's call 'The Bachelorette' what it is -- a sleazy and salacious show where people line up for their 15 minutes of fame. Any aliens passing by Earth while the show is airing will no doubt realize they're the superior race, and continue on their journey seeking out new worlds with whom to partner.
As I wrote in my PopEater piece last week, the people who go on 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' aren't looking for true love, and the statistics prove that. In 14 seasons of 'The Bachelor' and five seasons of 'The Bachelorette,' only one union with the final person at the rose ceremony has resulted in marriage: Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter. They were married in December 2003 and now have two children.
The rest? They're on 'Dancing With the Stars' or 'The Doctors' or perhaps doing what they should have done all along -- heading home to find a nice guy or girl to settle down with.
As for the salacious part, this week's episode of 'The Bachelorette' features the guys slathering up in olive oil and wrestling. The winner gets a dinner cruise with Ali, while the rest just have to hit the showers. Maybe we'll get to see that, too!
So is 'The Bachelorette' good family viewing? Heck, no! For one thing, it's not a good idea to teach your kids that it's ok to go on national TV to find a soul mate, or even a casual girlfriend or boyfriend. At least, not on this show, where being in the limelight seems to be more important than the person you're with.
Then there's the issue of sex. It's bad enough that a guy or girl is making out with several people of the opposite sex in the same time frame (let's hope they're all screened for diseases), but you have to think that some of those sessions lead to sex. That's the way the show is set up, after all, for one person to mix and mingle and make out with a harem of contenders vying for their attention.
What do you think? Is 'The Bachelorette' OK for kids?