There is no such thing as a scarcity of trashy reality TV on the market. And for good motive. For many people, it’s a enjoyable technique to escape, particularly proper now with … *gestures to everything.* Whereas we largely depend on Bravo and TLC for our actuality TV repair, Netflix has been getting in on the sport. First with relationship reveals like “Love is Blind,” however then they took on Bravo with the present “Selling Sunset.” Their newest actuality present, “Bling Empire.” And let me let you know, this one has every part you need (want?) in a actuality present.
“Bling Empire” is like “Loopy Wealthy Asians” if it was actual life. Besides as an alternative of happening in Asia, it takes place in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. This group of pals have method an excessive amount of cash and seemingly method an excessive amount of free time. A lot of them have jobs, however you by no means see them working. As a substitute, they spend their days purchasing for a Ducati, staging lavish photoshoots for his or her infants, or having very costly events. Have to be good. And it’s, as a result of as we all know, with all that time and cash, there’s nothing however drama. Beneath, meet the solid of your new favourite present:
Kevin: a male mannequin and the unofficial foremost character of the present. After shifting to LA for his profession, he meets Kane, who introduced him into the group. He’s the viewer’s information by means of the group of pals, as a result of as an outsider, he has a special, extra grounded perspective. A lot of his arc on “Bling Empire” is about wanting to connect with his Asian heritage. Kevin is an adoptee and grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. He talks concerning the wrestle of being the one non-white individual in his household and what it means for him to now have Asian pals. After doing a DNA take a look at, he learns that he’s largely Korean, and goes on a quest to search out his start dad and mom. His concern over his mom’s response to him wanting to search out out is valuable (and I’m obsessed along with his mother tbh.)
Kane: the unofficial ringleader of the group. He’s the inheritor to a fortune, however the present doesn’t make it clear if he works or does something apart from hang around along with his pals and spend cash. Kane is hilarious, endearing and has a extremely real coronary heart. It’s clear that he simply needs to have time along with his pals and goes out of his technique to maintain the group collectively. The way in which he helps Cherie after her mom’s demise is a superb instance of how a lot he loves his pals. Typically he does appear to instigate drama, nevertheless it’s by no means malicious. It’s clear that Kane actually does care about Kevin, even when it generally comes off as annoyance. He’s attempting to teach Kevin on how to slot in, not solely with the group, however the LA life-style generally.
Anna: one of the best individual on the present, and I’ll battle you if you happen to say in any other case. A real queen, Anna Shay has been wealthy for longer than most people on “Bling Empire” have been alive. Apparently she had light from the social scene for some time, and the primary time we see her, she’s taking a sledgehammer to the construction of her closet whereas sporting a couture robe. She’s a real dangerous bitch, and makes positive everybody is aware of it too. However she’s additionally extremely beneficiant, treating Kelly to a birthday journey in Paris, and gifting Kevin with designer clothes. Anna doesn’t take any shit although. As we see when she kicks Kim out of her home for inappropriate habits and the best way she handles Christine.
Kelly: a profitable entrepreneur in her mid-30s and a producer for the present, Kelly was as soon as married to a tech bro who ended up in jail. She is now in a relationship with Andrew Grey, who dad and mom will acknowledge as essentially the most boring Purple Energy Ranger ever. Their relationship isn’t nice — seems the Purple Ranger has a volatile personality and has abuser written throughout his face, all the way down to the useless eyes. They go to couples’ counseling, and even break up for some time, however (a lot to the frustration of her pals) that doesn’t final lengthy. Kevin is desperately into her and he or she lets him take her out on a date, however she retains going again to Andrew. As Anna says, “no dick is that good.” Kelly, you deserve higher, lady.
Christine: the spouse of a plastic surgeon, Dr. Gabe. She is the mom of a “miracle” child who leads a lavish life-style in his personal proper. Her husband needs one other child, and he or she is adamantly in opposition to it, citing the fertility issues they needed to overcome to have Child G. Personally, I believe she doesn’t need one other child to interrupt her life-style, which is honest. She can be clearly new cash, and tries to enter a bizarre competitors with Anna over which ones is richer or one thing? Over and over, Anna makes it clear that she is going to all the time win, however Christine can’t appear to cease herself.
Cherie: initially of the present, she has a daughter, Jadore (insert eyeroll.) And he or she’s pregnant together with her second youngster. Her mom has just lately handed away, and it’s clear she’s nonetheless grieving. Cherie is freaking out as a result of her accomplice Jessey seemingly refuses to suggest to her. Their second youngster Jevon is born and Cherie begins to suppose that he’s the reincarnated spirit of her mom, as a result of apparently, they made a deal as such.
Kim: a DJ and mannequin whose mother directs her yard photoshoots for Instagram and tells her to indicate extra cleavage. She tries to turn into pals with Anna, however then utterly violates Anna’s belief. And what’s worse is that she refuses to apologize and even agree that her habits was grossly inappropriate. Within the later episodes, she shares with Kevin that she needs to search out her start father. She hasn’t seen him since her dad and mom cut up when she was younger. With the blessing of her mother and stepdad, she hires a personal investigator to search out him. Then when she turns into overwhelmed by it, Kevin and Kane step in to assist her discover closure. Her friendships throughout the group appear to be strictly platonic, although there’s a tease within the season finale hinting at chemistry between her and Kevin.
“Bling Empire” is so ridiculously indulgent that it’s good for a winter weekend binge watch. There are solely eight episodes, and also you’ll be impatiently ready for one more season. In the event you love drama and extra – and actually, what actuality TV fan doesn’t? — you undoubtedly is not going to be disillusioned.
“Bling Empire” is now streaming on Netflix.