Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this thought-provoking reality series was created by Morgan Spurlock, the director of Super Size Me, and follows in the documentary's footsteps by dissecting issues that face Americans every day. The show tackles some very controversial topics, including illegal immigration, job outsourcing, abortion, poverty, religion, and sexuality. As a result, most episodes feature plenty of confrontational exchanges as participants are forced to re-examine their personal beliefs and behaviors; some of the spirited "discussion" may make sensitive kids uncomfortable. But teens could learn a lot by watching -- particularly the importance of taking a close, objective look at your own values and world view.
Varies according to episode topic, but, in general, not much to worry about beyond the occasional skimpy outfit and relationship discussion.
Plenty of hostility and angry confrontation, but no physical violence to speak of.
"Hell," "goddamn," etc. Stronger words are bleeped.
The series' primary goal is to open minds to new ideas and behaviors. Some participants react badly to being outside their comfort zone, and many stubbornly cling to their preconceptions and/or react confrontationally to others, but the overarching structure is all about changing society for the better.
At least one episode is designed to raise awareness about over-consumption and materialism.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Varies widely depending on the episode; one is entirely focused on binge drinking.