Bad Girls Club
|Bad Girls Club|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||14|
|No. of episodes||218|
|Production company(s)||Bunim/Murray Productions|
|Original run||December 5, 2006– present|
Bad Girls Club (abbreviated BGC) is an American reality television series created by Jonathan Murray for the Oxygen network in the United States. The show focuses on the altercations and physical confrontations of seven highly aggressive, quarrelsome, and unruly women. Each of the women tend to have psychological and behavioral problems. Mischievously sexual and rascally moments are also captured among the women. All seven women have different backgrounds and personalities. They are introduced to the show based on their capacity to be a "charismatic, tough chick." The cast, deemed "bad girls", enjoy a luxurious lifestyle in a fine mansion for three months, during which they must obey specified rules. Their lives inside and outside of the house are chronicled and recorded by the production team.
The format of the show has changed from early seasons. If a "Bad" Girl breaks a rule, she is evicted from the show and, if it is early in the season, replaced by a new "Bad Girl". The fourth season is considered the series' "breakthrough season", becoming Oxygen's first series ever to average over one million viewers per episode.
There have been four spin-offs of the Bad Girls Club. Bad Girls Road Trip, Tanisha Gets Married, Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too - where past cast members seek true love, and Bad Girls All-Star Battle.
Of all the contestants, Kerry Harvick (of season one) was a successful country singer before the show. Tanisha Thomas (of season two) later hosted Oxygen's OxygenLive! and the subsequent seasons of Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too. Thomas, who has been dubbed the "godmother" to all contestants, has her own reality television series entitled Tanisha Gets Married. As of Season 8, she has also been the host of the Bad Girls Club and Bad Girls All-Star Battle reunion specials.
- 1 Format
- 2 Reception
- 3 Controversies
- 4 Cast
- 5 Spin-offs
- 6 References
- 7 External links
A central goal of the show has become who can last until the final day. Lasting until the final day without ever being kicked out or leaving for another reason is treated as an impressive feat on the series due to the level of violence and hostility. If the cast members engage in violence towards each other or break other rules, they may or may not be evicted under the show's policy, which is whimsically and fickly enforced by the producers. Security guards apparently live in the house behind the scenes as they jump into camera shot to break up the many violent altercations that break out on the series. Beyond the common occurrence of violence and combat, other reasons for the premature exits of cast members have been fatigue from bullying, ostracism and alienation from the rest of the housemates, problems at home, court proceedings, or their own narcissism. On some occasions, multiple "bad girls" may wish to leave the show; this has happened in all seasons. If a girl departs early in the season, a "replacement Bad Girl" is introduced within one or two episodes. The replacement housemate is commonly hazed, aggressed at, and treated with prejudice.
All or most of the girls typically form cliques between each other; create havoc and antagonize each other; book parties in night clubs; and engage in sexual antics and other mischief, all awhile attempting to maintain their personal lives. Bullying and outnumbering gang attacks (where multiple cast members intimidate one cast member or some other fewer number of cast members) are among regular occurrences on the program. The girls, deemed "bad girls", come from different backgrounds and all different walks of life. Earlier on in the series, they'd often try to cope with one another and change their rebellious behavior to become role models for young women. Some cast members try to accomplish specific goals.
Throughout the show, the "Bad Girls" must adapt to the frequent mood and behavior changes of their housemates. The girls must undergo interviews in reality TV confessionals. They are allowed to contact their families and friends using landline telephones and a computer connected to a large-screen television; however, the cast is prohibited from watching nationally and locally televised programming and using mobile phones.
|“||A Bad Girl knows what she wants and how to get it. She makes her own way, makes her own rules and she makes no apologies. A Bad Girl blazes her own trail and removes obstacles from her path. A Bad Girl fights and forces her way to the top with style and beauty. A Bad Girl believes in jumping first and looking later. People will love you. People will hate you. Others will secretly wish to be you. A Bad Girl is you.||”|
Seasons 1 and 2
The format for the first season of Bad Girls Club was different from that of subsequent seasons. The age range for season one was from 21 to 31. The use of nicknames was not introduced until the third season. Season one was the first in which multiple "replacement Bad Girls" entered the show.
Although there were differences in season one, the current rules have applied in all subsequent seasons. One feature continued from season one was the way the show opened: viewers were shown the biggest and most intense physical altercation of the season, and the program then went back to a time before it happened. This fight usually gives you an idea of who is going to be the baddest, or one of the baddest, girls in the house. This altercation draws in many viewers and keeps them wondering what will happen next.
In the second season, the format of the show changed drastically. The maximum age dropped from 31 to 28. The cast of season two were given mandatory non-profit jobs to help them build a work ethic and to experience the stabilizing effect of being interdependent with others, for example in teamwork and commitment, to equip them for success in later life. Quitting the job or failure to attend resulted in mandatory removal from the show. The girls were given the jobs of planning, decision making, and building cooperation. Season two was the first and only season of the Bad Girls Club to do this, and was also the last to air 30-minute episodes.
On August 3, 2010, during the OxygenLive TV recap episode, the show combined Facebook and Twitter with a live broadcast. Fans submitted opinions and comments about the show and its cast, which were aired during the 10 pm hour.
In January 2011, Oxygen released OxygenLive!, an online talk show hosted by Tanisha Thomas, one of the "bad girls" of season two. It was broadcast after season six debuted on Oxygen, and focused on the cast of season six, occasionally bringing in "Bad Girls" from earlier seasons. Thomas asked the girls several questions to prompt rumors and confessions.
Many homophobic slurs have caught the attention of media outlets. Mary Mitchell of Sun Times stated that the show was "hazardous to the female psyche" and wrote, "Just like some teens try to emulate rappers in their dress and behavior, the same is true for 'bad girls. '" She also commented that the show gives a "distorted picture" of how to live the good life, calling the cast "wannabes" who are "sleeping in a mansion they can't pay for". Mitchell believes that most people know the cast are living "a bogus lifestyle", and assesses the message of the Bad Girls Club as "disturbing".
Many adolescents have emulated The Bad Girls Club. The show has also received negative criticism from African-American viewers, believing that it is "not what being a black woman is all about. " Mary Chase Breedlove of Reflector objected that "there are several TV programs devoted to acting as trashy and mean as possible ('Bad Girls' Club, ' ...)". The New York Daily News suggested that Bad Girls Club was the equivalent of professional wrestling. Kris De Leon of BuddyTV described the show as "crude, rude and pointless, but sort of addictive to some people. "
Brian Lowry of Variety thought that the producers made the "wrong decision" when they created the show. He believed that the cast of Bad Girls Club auditioned for the show for their "15 minutes of fame". He said that Bad Girls Club "arrived a little late in this game, on a channel lacking the kind of exposure or public footprint to qualify the show even as the stuff guilty pleasures are made of". Lowry believed that the show "loses" and that Oxygen attracts viewers who generally get drunk at bars and make a scene. He also suggested that "maybe it's time to "BAG" these bad-attitude girls and beat a hasty retreat back to the real world".
Anita Gates of The New York Times referred to Bad Girls Club as "a great argument for bringing back programming with actors". She believed that the "average emotional age" appeared to be 15, in contrast to the girls' real ages. She stated that the "unpleasant villains cancel one another out and actually make badness uninteresting", commenting that their behavior might not be "bad enough". Gates concluded by suggesting that Bad Girls Club is the on-location equivalent of The Jerry Springer Show. Kelly West of Cinemablend stated that Bad Girls Club is "so much fun to watch".
On "Make a Run for the Border" , the eleventh episode of the third season, Amber "Cookie" Meade was jumped by fellow castmates, Ailea Carr and Whitney Collings outside a nightclub in Cancun, Mexico where the girls had been vacationing. Meade was kicked repeatedly by Car and Collings and was stepped and kicked on the face by Collings. On "The Cookie Crumbles", Meade was checked given medical attention and Collings was sent back to the United States in fear of defamation and imprisonment in Mexico. Carr was sent home by Meade later in the episode and the rest of the cast returned to the house Los Angeles following their hectic vacation.
During "Off The Wall", the first episode of the fourth season, Natalie Nunn told Annie Andersen that Chris Brown was at a night club that she wanted to attend, and asked Anderson if she was a fan. Anderson said not, because of the domestic violence case that Brown was involved in. Nunn defended Brown, saying "Who cares, Rihanna was a punk bitch, and she got her ass beat for a reason". Nunn called Rihanna a "crazy bitch" and claimed to know her, unlike Anderson. After the episode aired, Brown reportedly stated that he did not know who Nunn was. Nunn questioned this during the reunion show, claiming that Brown had said it because the cast of the show had not yet been revealed. Perez Hilton, the host of the reunion, asked Nunn if Rihanna had confronted her about her comments. Nunn answered yes, stating that the two had argued during a dinner party in New York City. During the reunion, Nunn claimed to have had a "fling" with Brown before the show. Shortly before the end of the reunion, Nunn said that she did not condone domestic violence and apologized if her comment had enraged fans and people who had been victims of it.
During the episode "The Wicked Witch Of Key West", a stranger at a bar offered to buy drinks for Kristen Guinane and Christina Marie Hopkins. He spiked the drinks with PCP hallucinogenic pills, and Guinane became intoxicated. She claimed to have suffered bruises on her body when the man grabbed her and handled her roughly. Guinane reported that the producers of the show did not want to identify the man on television for fear of a lawsuit. She blamed the drug for her hitting cast-member, Lea Beaulieu, in the face, leading to a fight.
While Hopkins was intoxicated, one of her friends recorded her making racial slurs about an African American woman who had threatened her. The video surfaced on the Internet and outraged many people. Oxygen told TMZ.com that Hopkins would never appear on their channel again. TMZ.com reported that roommate Ashley Cheatham had sent Hopkins a hate text visible to the world, telling her to "do us all a favor and go kill yourself". After the incident Hopkins released a letter of apology, giving her reasons for the slurs.
After season five had wrapped, Catya Washington was sentenced to jail for possession of a concealed weapon and illegal use of drugs. Several days later, she was due back in court after she struck and sprayed mace in the face of the wife of a man she was dating. She was charged with aggravated assault, inflicting serious bodily injury, possession of an instrument of crime (mace), and recklessly endangering another person. Washington's bail was set at $500,000, but her family raised this, and she was released under house arrest. Several days later, however, she was arrested again for "outstanding bench warrant". However, she was released from jail with an extended curfew.
During season six production, residents of Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, complained that noise levels and swearing were unbearable and inappropriate for them and their children to listen to during the night. The residents called local law enforcement agencies four or five times to deal with the late-night disturbances. Clarissa Keller, a Sherman Oaks resident, complained that she had a six-year-old son and didn't want him to listen to the swearing. She set up a petition calling for a ban on all production companies in the Sherman Oaks hills. Location managers and production crew declined to discuss the neighbors' complaints.
The Bad Girls Club permit required the entire production to abide by a "minimum outdoor activity and noise" rule, but local residents claimed that the show did not keep noise levels down. The house for season six was rented for $20,000 a month. The owner said that he would not allow this type of production to rent his home in the future.
On March 13, 2011, TMZ.com reported that the cast was banned from at least eight clubs that "[didn't] want to be associated with the show's bad image", and that they were excluded from Pierre Thomas's Mardi Gras party at The Metropolitan Night Club.
On April 12, 2011, cast member Tasha Malek complained to an on-duty police officer outside the Bad Girls house about the conduct of fellow cast member Nastasia Townsend. She claimed that Townsend had placed her personal belongings into a garbage bag, telling her "she needed to leave the house", and that the incident had escalated into a fight. The two were issued summonses by the police for disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.
Judi Jai was arrested on November 9, 2011, on suspicion of DUI. While police searched her car for a sobriety test Jackson climbed out of the squad car and attempted to escape on foot where police found her in a nearby home where later charges of resisting arrest and theft.
On March 24, 2012, TMZ reported that cast member Gia Sapp-Hernandez was arrested on assault charges for an altercation with several men in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina nightclub in which reportedly she bit one of them during an event promoting the show. Sapp-Hernandez then released a statement to TMZ saying that she had been partying with the male accuser earlier that night when he "hinted" that he wanted to have sex with her. When she turned him down he became irate and belligerent and punched her in the face twice and that was when police arrived to the scene, Gia claims the officers "ignored" her accusations instead choosing to believe the man.
Season 11 had gotten a lot of Media Attention since their airing in 2013 due to the women's safety in the house due to a lot of fights happening in every episode. Cast members from Season 11 JazMone Adams, Tiana Small, Janelle Shanks, Andrea Bowman, Shanae Thomas, and Sarah Oliver admitted that some of the fights got violent and were unaired. Also, some of the production crew would bribe some of Season 11's Cast members to start fight or instigate themselves.
During the final week in the house, cast member Hailey Wade was attacked by four of her fellow Bad Girls. This was the fourth girl that season to be "jumped" (or outnumbered in a fight) after Sarah Oliver, Janelle Shanks, and Shanae Thomas. While it was not the first season to feature this kind of group-style attack, the large number of these attacks sparked negative attention amongst fans, who feared over women's safety in the house. Following this, there was a new rule put in place for future seasons that prohibit any outnumbered fights. This season had the lowest ratings in bad girls club history.
Season 12 The residence of the people who lived next door kept complaining about the loud noise. Redd's argument with Jada started over Britt telling Redd that Jada was talking bad stuff to her.This was the first season of Bad Girls Club where the producers didn't allow jumping since season 11 cast member Hailey Wade was jumped by the whole house and other cast mates Sarah Oliver, Janelle Shanks, and Shanae Thomas. If the girls try to jump a girl they would be sent home. This season proved to be better than Season 11, and is one of the highest rated seasons.
TMZ reported that Natalie Nunn had been involved in an physical altercation with fellow cast member Alyssa "Redd" Carswell, in which she was injured from a bite. Nunn was reportedly taken to a hospital nearby, where she received medical attention and filed a battery report which was rejected due to insufficient evidence. In addition, Carswell was removed for violating the no jumping rule, implemented after season 12, as Nunn was fighting with Raquel Santiago first.
(Nickname, if applicable)
|Zara Sprankle||22||Cicero, NY|
|Hripsime "Ripsi" Terzian||23||Watertown, MA|
|Aimee Landi||24||Philadelphia, PA|
|Leslie Ramsue||24||Atlanta, GA|
|Tyla "Ty" Colliers||25||Atlanta, GA|
|Jodie Howell||29||Baltimore, MD|
|Kerry Harvick||31||Nashville, TN|
|DeAnn Witt||24||Dallas, TX|
|Joanna "JoJo" Hernandez||23||Sacramento, CA|
|Andrea Laing||26||High Point, NC|
|2||Tanisha Thomas||21||Brooklyn, NY|
|Cordelia Carlisle||22||Wallingford, CT|
|Hanna Thompson||22||Brooklyn, NY|
|Melissa "Lyric" Greene||22||Phoenix, AZ|
|Darlen Escobar||24||Austin, TX|
|Neveen Ismail||24||Portland, OR|
|Jennavecia Russo||26||Las Vegas, NV|
|Andrea Sharples||22||Portland, OR|
||23||Pittsburgh, PA||Love Games 2|
||23||Milwaukee, WI||Love Games 1|
||22||Charlotte, NC||Love Games 1|
||24||Kansas City, MO|
||25||Los Angeles, CA|
||26||Staten Island, NY||All Star Battle 1|
||22||South Beach, FL||Love Games 2|
||22||San Diego, CA|
||22||Staten Island, NY|
||21||Phoenix, AZ||Love Games 3|
||21||Dallas, TX||Love Games 3|
||21||Bergen County, NJ|
||27||Passaic County, NJ|
||23||Huntington Beach, CA||All-Star Battle 1|
||23||St. Louis, MO||All-Star Battle 2|
||25||New York, NY|
||23||Methuen, MA||All Star Battle 1|
||24||Long Island, NY|
||24||Miami, FL||All-Star Battle 2|
||24||Long Beach, CA|
||21||Jersey City, NJ|
||23||Chicago, IL||All Star Battle 1|
||23||Boston, MA||All Star Battle 1|
||27||Long Island, NY|
||24||Chicago, IL||All Star Battle 2|
||22||Fort Lee, NJ|
||26||Portland, OR||All Star Battle 1|
||21||Harlem, NY||All Star Battle 2|
||22||Hyattsville, MD||All Star Battle 2|
||21||San Bernardino, CA||All Star Battle 1|
||21||Pine Grove, CA|
||22||Memphis, TN||All Star Battle 2|
||22||Los Angeles, CA|
||24||Los Angeles, CA|
||27||Riverdale, GA||All Star Battle 2|
||21||New Haven, CT|
||21||Harlem, NY||All Star Battle 2|
||21||Atlanta, GA||All Star Battle 2|
||21||Witchita, KS||All Star Battle 2|
||24||Fort Lauderdale, FL|
||25||St. Louis, MO|
|13||Alyssa "Redd" Carswell||24||Fort Lauderdale, FL|
|Camilla Poindexter||27||Long Beach, CA||
|Danielle "Danni" Victor||26||Methuen, MA||
|Jada Cacchilli||28||Queens, NY|
|Judi Jai||25||Chicago, IL||
|Julie Ofcharsky||25||Boston, MA||All-Star Battle 1|
|Natalie Nunn||29||Oakland, CA||
|Raquel "Rocky" Santiago||23||Pine Grove, CA||
|Sarah Oliver||29||Riverdale, GA||All Star Battle 2|
|Rimanelli "Rima" Mellal||24||Chicago, IL|
Bad Girls Road Trip
Bad Girls Road Trip premiered on June 12, 2007. It featured season one cast members Zara Sprankle, Aimee Landi, and Leslie Ramsue touring their respective hometowns in search of casting opportunities for the second season of Bad Girls Club. On the series, they also visited their former housemates.
Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too
Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too premiered on March 16, 2010. The show follows three past "bad girls" in their search for true love. The first of the Bad Girls Club, Amber Meade and Sarah Michaels from the third season and Kendra Jones from the fourth season. The season concluded on April 27, 2010.
Oxygen renewed the show for a second run, with Tanisha Thomas (from season two of the Bad Girls Club) as the host. In this season, Natalie Nunn (season four), Amber Buell (season three) and Lea Beaulieu (season five) competed for true love. The second season consisted of eight one-hour episodes aired between April 18, 2011, and June 13, 2011.
The third season aired on December 5, 2011, with Thomas as host once more, and Kori Koether, Sydney Steinfeldt, and Judi Jai as cast members. Kori Koether and Sydney Steinfeldt were on season six of Bad Girls Club; while Jai was on Season 7.
Season 4 aired on November 5, 2012 with Tanisha Thomas as the host yet again. This marked Tanisha's third time being the host in the series. This season also featured Season 8 girls, Danielle "Danni" Victor, Amy Cieslowski, and Camilla Poindexter as the cast members looking for love.
Bad Girls Club: Flo Gets Married
Bad Girls Club: Flo Gets Married is a one-hour special that centers on season-four cast member Florina "Flo" Kaja, who had a traditional Albanian wedding, and on her pregnancy. It aired on Oxygen on February 28, 2011 and was watched by 859,000 viewers.
Tanisha Gets Married
A documentary series titled Tanisha Gets Married premiered on May 7, 2012. It follows Bad Girls Club season two cast member Tanisha Thomas as she prepares for her wedding. With preparations for the wedding in order issues arise between Tanisha and her soon-to-be husband Clive and the show entails the family drama that occurs. Former "Bad Girls" featured in the series include Natalie Nunn and Florina from season four plus Amber M. from the third season; all appeared as bridesmaids. The series also shows how Natalie and Florina's issues with each other turn violent and it shows how their actions effect Tanisha. The series was produced by 495 Productions with SallyAnn Salsano as executive producer.
Bad Girls All-Star Battle
Bad Girls All-Star Battle show features "Bad" Girls competing for $100,000 and the title of "Baddest Bad Girl of All Time." The series has the girls divided into two teams and they are put to the test every week in an array of physical and mental challenges. It is hosted by R&B singer, Ray J.
Bad Girls All-Star Battle premiered on May 21, 2013. Bad Girls Club season 10 alumni Jenniffer "Jenn" Hardwick won the competition and season 4 alumni Florina "Flo" Kaja being the runner-up., The second season premiered on January 7, 2014. Season 11 alumni Tiana Small won the competition and season 11 alumni Sarah Oliver being the runner-up.
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