What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality show follows comedian Bob Saget, of Full House fame, as he visits some of the more unusual subcultures in the country and shows that behind their unusual pastimes, they're still ordinary people. Saget's inclusive and open-minded approach offers great messages for teens. But some of Saget's trips take him to raucous parties, so expect some drinking and smoking and even the occasional (blurred) naked body parts. Also, some mild swearing ("badass, "piss") and a few bleeped words.
What's the story?
In STRANGE DAYS WITH BOB SAGET, the popular comedian sets off to find some of the country’s more unusual subcultures to get to know who they are and what they're all about. He rides along with a biker gang on a 1,500-mile roadtrip, joins some high rollers in Vegas, and even spends the weekend in the woods of the Pacific Northwest with men hoping to spot Bigfoot. There are plenty of strange people in the United States with unusual hobbies, and Saget is determined to find them all -- and, if only for a moment, be a part of them.
Is it any good?
Bob Saget has had a unique career. Yes, he’s best known as the squeaky-clean dad in Full House and as the wholesome host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, but he also has a well-deserved reputation for his ribald stand-up comedy routines. Sending him off to meet people who are ready-made for caricature might seem like a recipe for disaster -- with Saget looking down on his subjects, making fun of them for the benefit of the cameras and the viewers.
But, oh what a surprise Strange Days with Bob Saget is. In this surprisingly earnest and well-meaning reality show, Saget is welcomed into the fold by all sorts of communities -- bikers, gamblers, frat boys -- and takes the time to get to know them. Saget laughs with them, not at them, and shows how people are all alike, no matter their underlying beliefs, hobbies, or eccentricities. Instead of simply mocking them, he finds out who they are and what makes them fascinatingly different from everyone else. In turn, we in the audience do, too, and what a delight it is to make their acquaintance.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about the communities and subcultures Saget visits. Did you have any preconceptions about them before the show? Did your opinion change after you watched it?
Talk about how people react to differences. Did you expect Saget to make fun of the folks he meets? Did you feel like poking fun at them? How does Saget's approach differ from other reality shows about out-of-the-mainstream people? What can you learn from watching how Saget interacts with the people he meets?