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Lifetime Brings Us the Lives of “Preachers’ Daughters”

One of my co-workers was out sick last week, and came back with some exciting news. “I was stuck in bed watching terrible TV, and I found a new show for us to watch!” she told us on her first day back. “It’s called Preachers’ Daughters, and it looks horrible!” 

The show premiered Tuesday night on Lifetime, and actually wasn’t as terrible as I thought it would be. The show follows three teenagers ““ 16-year-old Kolby (whose mom and dad are divorced preachers), Taylor, 17, and Olivia, 18. Each one is dealing with something: Kolby wants to start dating, Taylor wants her dad to give her more freedom, and Olivia is a single teen mom, who is unsure right now of the identity of her infant daughter’s father.

Kolby seems sweet and naïve (it’s hilarious watching her ask her older sister about “the bases”), and her father, while protective, understands why she is interested in entering the world of dating. Her mother, on the other hand, threatens to kill the guys who want to date Kolby and forces them to sign contracts. Her story is the most “normal” one, so to speak, which is why it’s also the least entertaining.

Taylor is yearning to make decisions for herself, and because of her father’s strict rules about what she can and cannot do, she’s running into the arms of a typical bad boy – he drinks, he smokes, he curses, he gets high, etc. She talked about becoming a stripper if she needed the money once she gets to college, and admits to her sister that she had toyed with the idea of being a porn star one day. I feel for Taylor, because her mother is much more open than her father, and is willing to give her some of the freedom she craves. Her father, however, has the final say, and because of that, Taylor is going to keep fighting his rules.

Olivia discussed the ways she rebelled against her family, which included dropping acid and partying hard. She was in a serious car accident, and then discovered she was pregnant. Her parents weren’t happy, but they were really ticked off when she announced on the show that she wasn’t entirely sure that the guy she thought was the father was. Now, she must deal with figuring out who baby Eden’s dad is, and also the tricky situation of dating as a teen mom.

Now that I’ve met all the girls, I’m not sure if I’ll watch again; their stories were compelling enough, but I did not grow up religious and I am not to this day, so watching the scenes with the parents preaching annoyed me. I did appreciate that the cast was diverse and from different areas of the country (California, Illinois, and Tennessee). I am actually relieved that this show isn’t as awful as it could be; none of the girls seem to be exploited, and while the parents are strict, you know they love their daughters. It is problematic to see some of them being treated like they don’t have any brains and aren’t capable of making their own decisions, but hopefully as the season progresses, they’ll be able to steer their lives down a path of their choosing.

Did you watch the show? What do you think? Any daughters (or sons!) of preachers care to share their teenage experience?

By Catherine

Catherine is a Southern California based freelance writer, whose work has appeared in everything from the New York Times to Entertainment Weekly. The highlight of her life (so far) was being featured on MSNBC for a story she wrote on Hello Kitty wines...she knew one day her love of all things HK would come in handy.

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