Parents' Guide to

30 Days

By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Opening minds, one month at a time. Teens and up.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Great show

An enjoyable way to explore handling Difference. We watch as a family (13 yo and 8 yo) and we ALL like it. Lots of next-day discussion ensues.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
age 5+


dang i love it so much

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Unlike many reality shows, which place people in uncomfortable situations just to incite petty drama and bickering, this show's lifestyle upheaval has a purpose. By putting real-life human faces on controversial topics, 30 Days aims to open participants' minds to all sides of an issue, hopefully bringing them closer to an understanding of how "the other side" lives. Obviously, by its very nature, the show encourages controversy and debate, and many episodes feature shouting matches and angry confrontations. That, combined with the edginess and complexity of the issues themselves, makes the show a better fit for teens -- who will find it eye-opening, no matter what side of a given topic they sympathize with -- than for younger viewers.

The series definitely leans to the left, and not all episodes are as worthwhile as the others -- for example, the ones that dealt with binge drinking and extreme anti-aging procedures came off as fluffy and, especially in the latter case, vain -- but overall 30 Days is mature, thought-provoking television.

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