American Gypsies: Sex, Lies and Audiotape

On this episode of American Gypsies, Bobby, Nicky, Jack and Eric visit an underground Gypsy gambling ring to help Nicky make some quick money after falling on rough times. Upon arriving, however, they encounter Tommy Gigolo, a Gypsy from a rival family whose grudge against the Johns family goes back generations. Over a game of poker, Tommy degrades Nicky’s honor as a Gypsy by viciously tearing into his financial situation. Nicky remains unusually quiet and unresponsive to the attacks, however, and when Bobby and Jack call Tommy out Nicky calmly asks them to leave it be, simply telling Tommy to tell his wife he said hello. Bobby is surprised, but even more so when he later walks by Chris’s psychic shop and finds a brick thrown through the window. He calls his brothers claiming Tommy must be behind it, but they refuse to jump to conclusions so early. Soon after, Jack is arrested on false charges of aggravated assault, a tactic frequently employed by rival Gypsy families. During all this time, Nicky is mysteriously absent, refusing to tell either his brothers or his wife, Christine of his whereabouts or activities. Bobby immediately becomes suspicious, even more so when he is notified that Tommy has levied a kris against their family in Gypsy court.

In the meantime, Bobby admits to becoming increasingly worried about his own health as he watches his father rapidly deteriorate. Hoping to avoid such a fate, he visits a gaje doctor – a rare practice in Gypsy culture – and submits himself to a series of tests. Upon reviewing the results, the doctor gives Bobby the disturbing news that at 70 pounds overweight and skyrocketing cholesterol levels, his current lifestyle is so unhealthy that he may even be worse off than his father in the future. Alarmed, Bobby resolves himself to a healthier way of life, beginning with a grueling training session with an assertive female personal trainer.

All the while, Val continues his relationship with his gaje girlfriend, Katie. While on a date at a bowling alley, Katie once again confronts Val about his hesitation to introduce her to the family and the potential consequences that has to their future. Despite the reservations of his wife, Sam, Chris insists that he take Val on a trip to Miami to help get Katie out of his system. When they arrive in Florida, however, it is Chris, not Val, who has a wild time with the Miami women, ultimately leading to a one-night stand with a gaje girl he meets at the club. Back in New York, Sam discusses the misogyny of Gypsy culture with Sable and Jon, particularly with regard to how acceptable it is for Gypsy men to cheat on their wives. When they return, Sam is obviously suspicious of what kind of fun he had.

What caused Tommy Gigolo to call a kris against the Johnses? Does Bobby succeed in turning his unhealthy lifestyle around? And will Val and Katie stay together, despite the differences between gaje and Gypsy? Tune in to find out!


Don’t miss American Gypsies: Sex, Lies and Audiotape tonight, July 31st at 9P et/pt.



  1. william kessinger
    July 31, 2012, 3:10 pm

    Sorry to see nat. Geo go into the relm of trash tv by airing
    shows like american gypsies. Won’t watch.

  2. Stormee
    August 1, 2012, 9:21 am

    Nicky had an affair?
    Did he shout the woman into bed?
    And it’s completely okay for men to have affairs and cheat on their wives as long as the “other” woman ISN’T a gypsy? And if the gypsy wife cheats, it’s completely forbidden? Perhaps if they didn’t force the males in their family to be married by the age of 18, the men wouldn’t feel like they are messing out on sowing their wild oats and wouldn’t cheat.
    Maybe cheating is a part of their “tradition”.

  3. Denise
    August 1, 2012, 4:36 pm

    Ugh that Nicly is a pig. He embarrassed his family more than his nieces wanting to go to acting school. He had to go in front of all those old men and admit he slept with one of their wives….? They make up their own traditions as they go along . Except that their daughters can be illiterate con artists who tell fortunes. Their poor oppressed wives and daughters. Yeah they respect their families alright …haha

  4. Jaden
    August 1, 2012, 11:58 pm

    Oh my god. This show is by far the worst thing I have ever seen on tv. They basically sell their daughters into slavery, none of them can speak clearly not to mention they glorify conning people out

  5. Scott Newman
    August 2, 2012, 3:19 pm

    Love the show! Keep it coming!! Great culture! Maybe we gadje can learn something.

  6. kr
    August 3, 2012, 12:44 am

    What happened to the Nicklas family?

  7. carol
    United States
    August 3, 2012, 5:08 pm

    one of the elders on the show whose first name was Rick. looks so familiar=like an actor I saw in a movie about Native Americans, Can anyone tell me his last name or does anyone know anything about him?

  8. David Hall
    Las Cruces, New Mexico
    August 4, 2012, 10:59 am

    I have the up most respect for this network, but this looks like a try at becoming Trutv, which you are not. Please remove this show and return to your fine work. Thank you!

  9. mimi
    New York
    August 5, 2012, 11:51 am

    What is being portrayed here is just one Rom family and accordingly just one experience. It is unfortunate that this “Gypsy” family is being portrayed at all because it is a distortion of the Rom as a whole. I cannot, however, think of one Rom family who singularly typifies the Rom culture so this distortion was probably inevitable.

    Gypsies adamantly refuse to assimilate into the culture in which they live. One can hardly blame them to some extent as it need take only one skinhead or that one jaded cop to send them running into hiding. There is so much prejudice against Gypsies that I have seen otherwise liberal and downright embracive people turn their backs and mutter slanderous and hateful words against them. They certainly have a palpable excuse for their fear and hate and anger. However, there must come a point at which these people acquiesce in their reality and, at the least, educate themselves and their children. It is nothing less than gross negligence for them to continue in this refusal and this choice to live in ignorance. Just look at the shame and degradation the children on this show experienced when they could not read their lines in a script and they could not understand their roles and responsibilities when seeking an audition.

    If your heart did not break for these young girls I am quite surprised.

    Gypsies look upon the gadje with great disdain. But at the same time they want bits and pieces of what the gadje has.
    There should be a “kris” like committee set up to determine the future of these people. If the past and the present are any indication the future is looking bleak for them.


  10. Lonesome
    August 5, 2012, 3:58 pm

    Agree with William Kessinger. Too bad Nat Geo got into the bandwagon creating and broadcasting trash TV; glorifying the criminal activities of this group. They look like a caricature of the Godfather movies.

  11. CT
    New Orleans, LA
    August 7, 2012, 10:24 pm

    Thanks for the insight on foolish ignorant ppl.. NatGeo you need viewers so you get trash shows, and guess what??? You got me, lol!! Good stuff!! I need the entertainment, lol!

  12. Jason
    August 22, 2012, 9:14 pm

    Trash TV… but to each their own.

  13. nick
    September 3, 2012, 8:19 pm

    first i would like to shamefully say that tina john is my first
    cousin and the cousin of my late brother john tene.
    founder of romania of massachusetts and ambassador to all rom. he also got the holocaust museum of rom victums
    in washington dc started. he would be completely outraged
    to see the way we are being portrayed in this show.
    we finaly get a chance to show the world what american gypsies are like. my cousin tina has never been particularly
    smart. shes allways been a bit of a dingbat. but i agree with
    mimi of new york. we have to start educating our children
    to survive. i myself never attended school but i am self educated to a degree that i attended electronics engineering classes and passed with b+ grade average.
    this show is demining and in no way portrays gypsies
    in a true manor.. i am an american and proud of it.
    mr machio thanks but no thanks.

  14. nick
    September 3, 2012, 8:26 pm

    national geographic i love your magazine and tv network
    but hate this show. watched it for 5 mins and was done with it. this is not an acurate portrayal of my people.
    it’s demining

  15. jackie
    September 21, 2012, 3:32 pm

    I love the show.Especially Christine she makes me laugh.I like people who keep it real.

  16. joe mix
    September 21, 2012, 4:05 pm

    Love the show

  17. Sammi
    United States
    September 27, 2012, 7:41 pm

    I like this show, its funny and no it doesn’t make your people look bad. Every culture/family has its characters. You need all kinds of people to make a world. They love family and that’s what I like about it. Don’t take it off, its interesting.

  18. Magdalena Limon
    Euless Tx
    September 28, 2012, 5:28 pm

    I like this show, it facinates me, of other cultures..Keep it coming!

  19. Al Pope
    Indian Trail North Carolina
    September 29, 2012, 9:59 am

    love the show but do those people have to use dirty words you would think they would have a little more class than that

  20. Crooked Eye
    Chico, Ca
    October 2, 2012, 2:22 am

    This show is great!!!!! Dont take it off!!!!

  21. Magdalena Limon
    October 5, 2012, 11:30 pm

    Are they gonna be more episodes of AMERICAN GYPSIES? Love the show

  22. mah
    October 22, 2012, 10:42 am

    Americans are really fun people. They sedate anxiety creating good old stereotypes that calms them and keep their little american world nice and warm. It’s time the rest of the world make a new documentary: the big fat american way of life: how to mock other cultures when you have none.

  23. Sahle
    October 27, 2012, 10:31 pm

    I’m half Romani and half gaje. I’m female and got an education but I also was really good with making music and dance. Some traditions are not for me so I didn’t follow those.

  24. Sahle
    October 31, 2012, 1:55 pm

    K. I watched all of the episodes. It was entertaining but…

    If marrying gaje was strictly forbidden then why do they look like they have some white ancestry mixed with Roma? Why are there all of these blonde Romani around Europe that clearly have Romani ancestry? Why are there gaje women whom are now declared Roma in villages?

    I know that there are double standards in most cultures pertaining to women. It has always been that way so it’s not just a Romani thing. How many gaje cheat on their wives and they weren’t forced into marriage.

    The way they are living in America is ridiculous. Our ancestors from abroad have been black balled from getting jobs, getting an education as in persecuted to the point to where they are not allowed period. Some children whom don’t have special needs being sent to special education for no other purpose other than the fact that they are Roma children.

    In America, sure there is prejudism but not to the point to where you must force yourself to seperate the gaje from Romani. Those form of traditions were put there after enslavement of Roma, countless persecution, WW2…there was a real reason for it.

    Some traditions are merely repeating the abuse suffered on the Roma in which they inflict on themselves by acting as though it is all because of Roma. Break the cycle. Some traditions should stay. Dance, music, food, family but not an oppressive family.

    Roma have a history of being oppressed by others. Now repeating that oppression on themselves.

    In old Indian times, Sati was practiced. That was when the widow of a husband would set herself on fire as she was part of her husband’s posessions so he could be free of sin and live a happy afterlife. While it was voluntary, there was much pressure for the widow to do this or be an outcast. Still it sometimes occurs but all throughout history there have been measures to ban it. Should people follow this tradition? Would you?

    Not all people who have Romani ancestry in America are like this one family. This show is just another silly drama. It was entertaining but it’s not good because now people think they know all there is to “gypsy” culture when not all of us follow the backwards traditions of treating women as objects or sacrificing sheep.

    It’s just another reason for more stereotyping and prejudism aimed at you for being Roma or having Romani ancestry.

    For those of you who watched this show with no clue on Roma, please understand that this is just another scripted program and doesn’t accurately peg all Romani. If you are really interested in the life Romani have lived and why there is this seclusion, go look up how Romani are treated in Russia, Romania, Europe.

    As far as the whole keeping the family together goes, that is good but not the whole conditional love and forcing everyone to see things your way or you lose all you know. That is what cults do.

    I couldn’t help but wonder if I was watching a mob family cult.

  25. romano
    December 17, 2012, 4:17 am

    wie love it in germany
    and i m also a roma and praud

  26. gypsy whistle blower
    July 9, 2013, 9:20 am

    these gypsys are con artist, why don;t they show the american public that gypsys pretend to be gas men, plumers,house repairmen just to get inside the elderlys homes and still there mony and personal belongings, many times they have killed old men and women, even raped, alot of times they get away with it, change ther names, and go into the next town; did you know that every major city has a gypsy task force?