You know what they say about preachers' daughters 3 April by atlasmb — See all my reviews This is a reality show about three families. The fathers are preachers, so the families they only have daughters are in the public eye. Therefore, the parents have the usual concerns about teenage daughters, combined with fears that the behavior of their daughters might embarrass them, as symbols of Christian propriety.
The primary antagonists are the three daughters of the preachers: Kolby, Olivia and Taylor. Although they deal with some common issues, they have distinctly different personalities. Taylor freely admits that she will never be the "good girl" that they want her to be. Part of this is rebelliousness, but she sees herself as part of the larger society in which she lives. She has "church friends" and "regular friends".
On a daily basis, she does not seem to be trying to live up to her parent's standards; she is just trying to deal with them. Her father remembers the ungodly behaviors he engaged in when he was a young man before he saw the light and wants to protect her from all guys, because he is sure all guys think and act like he did. Olivia genuinely wants to live up to the Christian standards that her parents advocate.
Interestingly, she is a single mother--the result of her partying ways that she used to embrace, but now rejects. So, she is an adult who lives in her parents' household with her baby. Kolby's parents are divorced. She lives in her mother's household, but both parents are strong influences in her life. She seems to be totally in the thrall of their expectations for her, but she also projects a strong ability to reason, even if she often subordinates that ability to the wills of her parents.
What makes the show worth watching, in my opinion, is its unpredictability. The parents are "carved in stone", so don't expect much change in them. Their personalities and ideas only serve as backdrops for the lives of their daughters, which are wild cards. The girls are presented with the trials of all young people and the need to grow and to find out how to best live in the world.
Will they toe the line completely and never learn to design their own lives? Or will they branch out, make their own mistakes, and create lives that are truly their own? The parents' value systems start with the Christian premise that Man has a sinful nature. This is because we all have free will. Therefore, they try to restrict the free will of their daughters as much as possible. Taylor's mother is the only one who seems to realize that this approach is nonsense. Olivia's father says, "I believe in you", but you know he really does not.
You have to admire the willingness of the "actors" to put their lives out their for inspection. Maybe the parents think they are modelling Christian principles for viewers. Regardless of their motivations, like most good reality shows, Preachers' Daughters provides insights into human nature.
And they are all human, even if they hold themselves to higher standards.