GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS is your personal invitation to go home with rock 'n roll superstar Gene Simmons. Enter the extraordinary Simmons household where former KISS front man Gene Simmons and Playmate of the Year Shanno... more »n Tweed have raised two charming, well-behaved teenagers, Nick and Sophie. Or is it the other way around? From a surprise birthday party that turns into a surprise wedding, to driving lessons that take a wrong turn for father and son, to horseplay that puts a daughter in hot water, day-to-day family life has never been so outrageously unpredictable--and surprisingly touching. The story of a uniquely American family fully unveiled in the original thirteen episodes from the debut season on DVD. DVD Features: Exclusive interviews with the Simmons family; Cast Biographies; Photo Gallery; Interactive Menu; Scene Selection 8/7/06 Happily Unmarried (#1) 8/7/06 Next Generation Rock Star (#3) 8/14/06 The Demon Lives (#10) 8/14/06 Driving Me Crazy (#2) 8/21/06 Food or Sex? (#6) 8/28/06 Sexercise (#8) 9/11/06 The Un-Anniversary (#12) 9/18/06 Loose Change (#9) 9/25/06 Fan... Tastic (#7) 10/2/06 Horsin? Around (#5) 10/16/06 Gene?s Addiction (#4) 10/23/06 Shrinkwraped (#11) 10/30/06 Behind the Makeup (#13)« less
"I started watching the show out of pure older-fan curiosity, and I didn't have particularly high expectations. But I got hooked with the first episode, and have enjoyed every show this season. Yes, they sometimes seem a bit contrived--most noticeably in the episode where the daughter gets a horse--but generally, this was good for laughs, and I believe we're seeing these folks as they really are. Not completely candid, of course, but not phony either.
And, not least of all, how refreshing to see a well-adjusted family for a change.
A good time here. Consider buying."
Addictive and Entertaining
Sampson Simpson | Canada | 01/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's tough to discuss this show without mentioning the more popular Osbournes. The Osbournes came first, the Osbournes was a big hit...heck, even my dad (who knows nothing about rock n' roll) watched that show. He thought Ozzy was funny. But this is the better show. And this is why.
First of all, there's hardly any cussing. Very rarely do you hear the "beeps" (and yes, it's all beeps, no actual cussing). Second, this family is much more likable. Nick Simmons is a bright, funny young guy, and Shannon Tweed is absolutely hilarious. Third, you can understand what Gene is saying, unlike the Ozzman. And last, you can tell right away how much this family loves each other. I got tired of the Osbournes always fighting. These guys joke around and play pranks, but there's very little fighting going on. And although Gene is well-known for his love of women, there's very little bare skin on this show.
I'm writing this and I haven't even finished the first disc yet. I just like this show. I think it's hilarious and I can't stop watching (except to get a Pepsi and write this)! I haven't even gotten to the "lost songs" yet...can't wait to hear them.
There was one episode in particular, the "unaired pilot" in which Gene is grilling the boy who is about to take young Sophie Simmons out to the dance. I saw visions of my own future as a father there. Just a priceless moment. I felt very sorry for that poor young man who had to sit across a very large desk from Mr. Simmons and be grilled about dating his young daughter.
This is an excellent show, and I highly recommend it, whether you like Kiss or not. Just give it a shot."
Seeing Gene in a different light
BUFFY/CHARMED/Star Wars Finatic! | RHODE ISLAND | 01/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow! This has got to be the best "reality" show ever!! Starring the greatest rockstar/entreprenuer=GENE SIMMONS!!
Even though Gene and family are millionaires, they seem so grounded and like a normal family. Maybe it's becuase they all live honestly and don't put on fronts. Gene and Shannon seem very open with their kids and you can really feel a great love between them all. Maybe NOT getting married is the key to true happiness!!! Seriously, you can see why Gene & Ms. Tweed seem content in thier 20 plus year relationship=they don't get jealous over each other, they talk openly and trust each other. Something that is VERY RARE in relationships today. They also treat their children with respect and as equals, and you can see it certainly has benefited them. They are very well-rounded young poeple who are polite and smart.
I've been a KISS fan since I was 4 (i'm 33 now) and knew Gene and the boys were great musicians, entertainers and business poeple. But Gene is THE MASTER! He is a great inspiration, pure example of the american dream and really does have a heart. Since KISS has whined down in the last couple of years, Gene has taken on great non-kiss business ventures and has been successful with many=author of 2 books, lectures dvd, solo album, INDY and now, Family Jewels.
Now more about this product: Packaging is cool, BUT!! after opening the flap of the plastic box to get to the phot album/dvd case=it snapped right off and I had to fix it with tape...I wish they would have but this in a cardboard box with a clear window instead of the plastic box, cuase, again, it broke after only being opened 3 times!!
The photo album case is top quality. cool idea for this dvd set. It was worth the $$$ for this (to me) becuase it came with the A&E Biography and a two song cd that previews the long awaited 100 song Gene box set, which should be awesome!!! And, of course, the season one of this show is just great. Just seeing gene day to day at home with the family and seeing him work on new projects and the ideas he comes up with is great!! I LLOOVVEE his office with all the cool KISS stuff. Wierd thing about it, though, no Paul Stanley. We see Tommy Thayer at the house and I see old clips of Eric Singer from the Revenge days and that's it. Could it be true that Paul & Gene really are just strictly KISS-Business Partners and nothing more these days?
All in all, this is a great show and package. Even poeple not aware of KISS or are not KISS fans could learn alot from Gene. It's a show that can reach different poeple and is just all around interesting."
Fantastic show :-0
Little Miss Cutey | Melbourne, Australia | 10/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In full disclosure, I am not a Kiss fan at all (with the exception of two songs I love), but wanted to buy this because through books I've read, know that Gene is meant to be a decent, family-orientated, general all round nice guy (and the show shows that he is). He comes across and a pussycat rather than a rock and roll bad boy (although there are some aspects of that part of his life shown here) and as a great partner to Shannon and a fantastic father to the kids. He's brought them up right and they seem like a genuinely nice family who are respectful, yet still love their fun. Overall this show is hilarious too. It's fun to be a fly on the wall here. I have a couple of favourite moments from this season; I love when Shannon and Sophie go to Krav Maga lessons and he goes to pick them up, I love when he does a driving test and I love when he and Shannon go on the weekend retreat and he pays someone in the staff to go get him some real food and a tv. I would have assumed he'd be an arrogant kind of guy for someone of his success, and while he openly admits to how gorgeous he believes himself to be, I found myself really liking him. I love how they've put family video footage in here too and I love his personality and the relationship he has with his family. Even if you aren't a Kiss fan, you should check this out because it's a brilliant reality show that gets you hooked right from the start. It's fun and enjoyable and I love it - hope you will too."
M. T. Clarke | 08/17/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"We enjoy watching Gene Simmons and his family. He is such a rock star on stage but its fun to watch Shannon and his kids bring him down a few notches. And...who doesn't love those big feeted red pajamas!!!"