'Chrisley Knows Best' Premiere Recap: Meet Millionaire Todd Chrisley And His Southern Family
Chrisley Knows Best, USA’s foray into reality television, premiered Tuesday night, providing viewers with plenty of laughs courtesy of millionaire Todd Chrisley, his wife and their five children.
'Chrisley Knows Best' Premiered Tuesday, March 11
Todd is an entrepreneur, who became a millionaire through real estate and now lives with his wife of 18 years, Julie, and their children in a gated Atlanta suburb, which, he proudly proclaims, is also home to superstar singer Usher, among other celebrities.
Todd, a loud and exuberant personality, embraces his flamboyant nature – he has already had to shut down rumors that he is a gay man.
“This man tweeted, ‘When are you going to come out of the closet?’ and I said, ‘I don’t live in a closet, but if you’d like me to escort you out of yours, I’m happy to do so.’ I am who I am. Love me or walk away,” Todd told People.
Meet The Chrisley Family
Todd is also extremely controlling of his family, which we meet in the premiere episode of Chrisley Knows Best. Lindsie, 24, the eldest daughter, just had her first child. Kyle, 22, is living with his paternal grandmother, who joins a Christian dating website in the premiere, after his parents caught him having an affair with a married woman. Chase, 17, is your typical high school male with a brand new Range Rover. Then there’s Savannah, 16, a good student and beauty queen, and Grayson, 7, the youngest of the group who is just entering the first grade.
The first episode explores the wild family dynamics in the Chrisley household. Julie and Todd are both strong parents, and they both have no problems telling their children when they disapprove of their actions. Both Todd and Julie reveal that they are not thrilled with their daughter, Lindsie, who eloped with her boyfriend. Still, while they don’t love their new son-in-law, they adore their grandson, Jackson. The first episode also shows a little bit of the parents’ anger towards Kyle for getting involved with a married woman.
“Your servicing the community is not the kind of community service you need to be involved in,” Todd says to Kyle. (This is just one example of the many zingers and wild quotes to come out of Chrisley Knows Best.)
Todd is also struggling to come to terms with his daughter, Savannah, growing up and coming into her own. In a disastrous shopping montage, he grumbles constantly about the length of her skirts and the size of her shorts. Not only is Todd extremely vocal about his opinions, he will also do anything to prove a point.
For example, he monitors his children’s cell phones, their Internet activity and has tracking devices in their cars. After catching Chase looking at porn on the web, Todd throws his son’s laptop into the pool just to teach him a lesson.
Another incident in the episode occurs when he suspects Chase is disobeying him. He tracks him down and reads his text messages to confirm his suspicions. The next morning, Chase goes out to his car to find it fitted with a boot-lock.
Todd, described as the “patriarch of perfection,” runs the show in the Chrisley household, while Julie mainly lets Todd go off while rolling her eyes or shrugging beside him. But the whole family is involved in the building of Todd’s newest venture: Chrisley and Company, a department store that aims to be the “Bergdorf Goodman” of the South.
Chrisley Knows Best airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on USA.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong