The Sisterhood, a new reality TV show from TLC, is supposed to give viewers a glimpse into the private lives of preachers’ wives. But in reality, it features nothing more than girl drama sandwiched between Bible verses and church clichés.

After a month on air, the show is suffering a backlash from African-American Christian viewers who rightly say the show gives a bad impression about how seriously first ladies take their faith and their role in the church.

The show follows Christina Murray, DeLana Rutherford, Dominique Scott, Ivy Couch, and Tara Lewisas they navigate their personal and church life in Atlanta, Ga. Three of the women’s husbands pastor successful churches, while the other two pastors are looking for a church after recently losing or closing their own.

Scott told National Public Radio she and the other women felt called to do the show.

“We knew it would probably be a little controversial, but we don’t do anything just for people to understand and give us our approval; we do everything for what God is trying to lead us to do,” she said.

But critics describe The Sisterhood as unrealistic, overboard, and carnal.

Aiming for authenticity, the creators film everything from a romantic interaction between Couch and her husband to Lewis’ plans for her son, who’s part Jewish. (She claims during pregnancy God revealed her son would be the first Jewish-Christian president of the United States. So naturally, the theme of the party will be “Hail to the Chief!”)

Theoretically, the women are supposed to band together as a support group. But their “bond” gets tested by different theological perspectives and the personal elements of their past and current lifestyles, which emerge on the show. Gossip and catfights ensue. Instead of being authentic, the show is awkward and embarrassing.

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