MANswers

Common Sense Media says

Crude Q&A show demeans women, glorifies drinking.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series' attempts to provide "educational" material revolve around offering "scientific" evidence of points the show's hosts want to prove (i.e. a study about what it's like to have sex with different animals) and bringing in talking heads to speak authoritatively. The show's consistent, almost subconscious belittling of women is stereotypical and misogynistic; their bodies are appreciated (and how), but they're written off as being hopelessly "bitchy."

Positive role models

No one would want their teens behaving like the immature people featured on this show. Their sophomoric antics and misogynistic behavior is a model of what not to do.

Violence

Some of the questions the show addresses can involve dangerous situations -- bear attacks, falls, etc.

Sex

Topics of discussion include bestiality (one episode seriously addresses the question of which animal someone would have sex with if they wanted it to feel most like sleeping with a woman), masturbation, sadomasochism, and much more. None of these things are shown graphically, though there are plenty of images of very scantily clad women cavorting, crawling on top of guys, having their butts slapped, mimicking oral sex, etc. Talk of having an erection, "bagging chicks," and "getting it on with a hot babe."

Language

Constant references to women as "bitchy." Other words include "damn" and "ass"; stronger expletives, like "f--k," are bleeped.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Segments cover subjects like excessive drinking ("how long can a guy live on beer alone?") and how to spot a narc while buying drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, without question, this show is not for kids. It's essentially an informational program of the "you've got questions, we've got answers" variety, but the questions are strictly of the type pondered by drunken college guys ("Can taking a dump kill a guy?" "How long can a guy live on beer alone?" "How can you get your girlfriend to be less bitchy?"). High schoolers may find it hysterical, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea to let them watch a show that objectifies women, talks about bestiality and masturbation (and more!), and glorifies drinking.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

MANSWERS has a theoretically interesting premise -- giving honest answers to the kind of outlandish questions conjured up by drunk college guys -- and you might even laugh a few times (in a completely horrified way). But if you're a parent looking for shows to watch with your kids -- or to let them watch on their own -- you can go ahead and stop right here.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Manswers is like the bastard stepchild of MythBusters and The Man Show, only with more porn stars and midgets. It's not the worst show on television these days (hello, MTV!), but it's definitely not the thing most parents would want their kids watching. Need specific reasons? Here's a list of what you might see in just one episode: rapid-fire jump-cut editing, loud squealing rock guitars, wiggly shots of pneumatic girls in bikinis and lingerie, and a guy posing the age-old question "Which animal is most like having sex with a woman?"

Leaving aside the grammatical shortcomings of such a question, in that particular segment, the producers of MANswers thoughtfully suggested options like pandas, unicorns, ostrich, and sheep before posting a disclaimer reminding viewers not to actually have sex with animals. All of this was followed by interview with an actual doctor who states that 82 men in her study admitted to performing bestiality and that many of these men declared that it "feels better than actually having sex with a human." Other burning questions tackled by the show include "How drunk can a dude get in one night before he dies?" (Answer: 18 beers = .40 blood alcohol level); "How can you make your girlfriend less bitchy?" (Answer: semen contains hormones that function as anti-depressants); and "What's the furthest a dwarf's ever been tossed?" (Answer: 12 feet, 9 inches). But the most important question for discerning parents is likely to be: "What else is on?"

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it means to treat other people with respect. Does this show treat its subjects respectfully? Does it matter whether those subjects are willingly participating in the issues and events the show covers (dwarf tossing, for example)?

  • What messages does the show send about sex, alcohol, and other

  • hot-button issues? Do you think producers hope teens will watch? Why or

  • why not?

TV details

Network:Spike
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-MA

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Adult Written byFaith_ June 7, 2011
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

Degrading to women

This isn't FUNNY at ALL
:( guys wont care what a woman thinks, THIS show....just.....it
:( it makes me very sad that they would have a show like this, it makes me depressed, it is like Pornography, just ruining relationships or getting a guy wanting to rape some girl because of the encouragement of this show. I just can't believe they would have something like this, especially in these times of life, I am a teenager, and Teenage boys get all horny, yes I will say that they get blue balls it is bad. This isn't funny. Guys will never see girls the same way again, they will always have inappropriate minds, I mean well we all do but there are some more than others and it will ruin us. I hope they stop this show soon They just show females as a joke, and....there will not be a guy that will respect a womans feelings if this goes on

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byNo_LIke_Spike April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

DON'T Let you kids watch this warped garbage.

Here are some of the lowlights I saw on MANswers:

1) How much alcohol you can safely binge drink before you die (Miller Beer actually sponsored this episode)

2) How to pass a drugs test even if you are on drugs or intoxicated (which is of course illegal).

3) How to remove a bullet from you body yourself so the hospital won't report you to the police (also illegal and incredibly stupid)

4) How to spot an undercover narcotics officer (they went into great detail about tips drug dealers can use to thwart DEA and law enforcement.)

5) Which animals are best to have sex with (I'm not kidding - this show went into great detail about bestiality.)

I think it's meant to be funny but it isn't. It's really just sad that garbage like this makes it onto the airwaves. All I can advise is don't watch MANswers, Spike TV, or their parent company MTV.

Teen, 13 years old Written byVictorfilth818 July 23, 2010
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Love this Show

This Show is So sick But its a Guy show women wouldnt like it for example my GirlFriend Hates this Show but My Best friends (dudes) love this show

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Great role models

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