Sin City Rules

by Mackenzie M. December 19th, 2012 | Reality TV, TV Reviews
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In striking similarity to The Real Housewives franchise, the newest reality program from TLC, Sin City Rules, features women who have money, social status, and a huge sense of entitlement. Their professions range from business owners, entrepreneurs, to other “high profile” careers in Las Vegas. However, most of their on-camera time is spent flaunting their wealth and gossiping and fighting with the other personalities. Overall, Sin City Rules is just another average reality show, with a slightly different setting. Although it definitely does not appeal to all tastes, for fans of The Real Housewives franchise, Sin City Rules is a must-watch.

Sin City Rules follows the lives of five “fabulous” women during their daily round in Las Vegas. Lana Fuchs loves attention and is a moderately successful fashion designer. Alicia Jacobs is a Las Vegas reporter and is considered a local celebrity. Professional poker player Jennifer Harman adds some stereotypical Las Vegas charm to the circle. Lori Montoya founded her own cosmetics company, while Amy Hanley is the daughter of infamous hitman Tom Hanley. From catered fundraisers to extravagant parties in the desert, these women embody the notoriously sinful culture of Las Vegas. Basically, it’s like The Real Housewives with a dark side. Each woman “lives life by her own rules” and often competes for power and social status among those who claim to be Las Vegas elites.

The basic reality formula reigns as queen in every episode. Essentially, it’s just a bunch of random characters that participate in extravagant superficial activities with a lot of attitude. However, a great many Americans find that formula appealing, which is why Sin City Rules is finding success equivalent to that of The Real Housewives. Since the series premiered on December 9, 2012, the women have gotten into “extreme drama” that divided them on the first episode. In the second episode, Amy claims there are ghosts in her office and hires a medium. In the third episode set to air on December 23, the girls are trying to patch up their relationship when tragedy strikes. While there is nothing enlightening or prophetic in Sin City Rules, if taken for pure entertainment value, the show is definitely not the worst out there. Sin City Rules sits somewhere between  Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New York.

Keep in mind that this series is not for kids, as there is a healthy amount of foul language and bad behavior. The show is often branded as a continual parade of  drinking and petty catfights. While this is not far from the truth, there are some qualities of the characters and their lives that viewers can identify with. Even in light of their plentiful wealth, the women have real personal struggles with body image, friendships, and relationships. Although I usually am not a fan of such basic reality programs, Sin City Rules lies slightly above the rest. For this reason, Sin City Rules gets a three-recliner rating. Tune in to TLC on Sunday nights.

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