Your latest reality TV obsession is here — TLC’s “sMothered.”
Premiering Sunday at 10 p.m., the new reality show — co-produced by the New York Post — follows four mother-daughter pairs from across the country whose relationships are, uh, a bit close. Here’s your essential guide to the characters.
Kathy and Cristina
Self-proclaimed “trashy Italians” Kathy, 59, and Cristina, 33, live in the Chicagoland area, just five houses away from each other.
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Cristina is a stay-at-home mom, and, while her husband works, her mom, Kathy, helps her raise her kids — the mother-and-daughter pair jokingly refer to each other as “husbands.” Cristina spends all her time with her mom and goes to her for household help before she goes to her husband.
Their main conflict: Their other family members. Cristina’s husband and sister don’t seem to understand her relationship with her mom. Kathy and Cristina also butt heads as they take keeping tabs on each other too far. Will this rock the boat in their close-knit family?
Sunhe and Angelica
Sunhe, 50, and Angelica, 30, live in Las Vegas — so it’s appropriate that they might be the most outrageous pair.
They’ve never lived apart, except for when Angelica was in college. Even then, Sunhe relocated to be closer so she could visit her every two weeks. They sleep in the same bed and share bathwater. When mom Sunhe is done bathing and it’s Angelica’s turn for the bathroom, Sunhe does not drain the tub. She sees Angelica using her water as “an act of trust.”
Their main conflict: Angelica’s boyfriend of two years wants to take their relationship to the next level … which is hard when your girlfriend brings her mom on dates. Sunhe also doesn’t seem to approve, and her word is the law with Angelica. Will Sunhe drive a wedge between Angelica and her boyfriend?
Sandra and Mariah
Mariah, 20, lives with her mom, Sandra, 44, in the Los Angeles area, and the two both live like college students: They go clubbing, go on double dates, dress like Kardashians and do everything together from mother-daughter boob jobs to vacations.
Their main conflict: They’re going to Las Vegas to celebrate Mariah’s birthday and it looks like some of Mariah’s friends will be weirded out by Sandra’s antics when they party. Sandra also sets up a present for Mariah — lip fillers — that might backfire.
Dawn and Cher
You might recognize Cher from a 2007 episode of MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16.” Now, she’s back on reality TV. Since then, the 28-year-old has moved from Florida to New York, married her college boyfriend, who’s a doctor, and she’s established a business as a dating coach called NYC Wingwoman. She’s also a registered nurse and does some acting on the side, such as a role in “The Amityville Terror.”
Her mom Dawn, 59, still lives in Florida, and the two are in constant contact, with multiple daily phone calls. They often describe themselves as “best friends” and “twins.”
Their main conflict: How to share the news that Cher is pregnant. Her husband wants to keep it secret and tell their extended family all at once. Cher wants to share it with her mom Dawn first, before anyone else in the family. Will she anger her husband if she goes against what he wants? Or will she anger her mom if she follows what her husband wants?
“sMothered” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on TLC