Bristol Palin's new reality TV series: What the critics say

Tripp and his mom Bristol Palin in the new Lifetime docuseries, "Bristol Palin: Life
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Tripp and his mom Bristol Palin in the new Lifetime docuseries, "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp."
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(CBS News) Bristol Palin will enter the TV spotlight Tuesday when her new series, "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp," debuts on Lifetime at 10 p.m. EDT.

The show follows Palin's "everyday life as a single mother living under intense media scrutiny that comes from her lineage as the daughter of former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin," according to the network.

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It chronicles the young mother's move from Wasilla to Los Angeles with Tripp and her sister Willow, and back to Alaska as she deals with parenting.

Cameras captured last year's incident with Stephen Hanks, the man who shouted obscene comments at Palin in a West Hollywood bar.

"I'm glad that Lifetime was there during the Saddle Ranch incident this past summer," Palin said, according to Newsday. "And I'm glad that people will be able to see that side of things, get a little glimpse of what my family goes through."

So, is the series a trip worth taking? Here's a taste of critics' reviews:

David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle: "How you react to Bristol Palin's new reality show on Lifetime, 'Life's a Tripp,' will probably be determined by what you think about her mother. But let's try to forget that she's the daughter of the former GOP vice presidential candidate and consider 'Life's a Tripp' purely as a TV show: On that basis, well, the series, premiering Tuesday, is not very interesting, and you probably wouldn't watch if she wasn't who she is.

Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times: "In spite of their occasional expressions of enthusiasm for the 'adventure,' we're left with a show about two sisters, temporarily billeted in a Beverly Hills mansion, mostly complaining about Los Angeles, each other and their lives."

Lori Rackl of the Chicago Sun-Times: "What we're left with are Bristol and Willow shopping, squabbling and engaging in vapid conversations. In other words, the Alaskan Kardashians."

Hank Stuever of The Washington Post: "Between sobs, she existentially wonders why she can't escape the constant attention, criticism and sniping. The answer (to pull the plug on the hype machine) truly eludes her. Even if you have a lasting grudge against all things Palin, there's no payoff here. It's a new low for anyone who makes the mistake of watching."

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