A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality show about an anti-establishment couple planning their wedding is full of harsh language, adult scenarios, and dangerous stunts. The focus of the show is Bam Margera (of Jackass fame), who's known as an unpredictable risk taker. In one episode he wakes up his (naked) friend by hitting him with a lamp. In another scene, he skateboards off the sloped roof of a house onto concrete, where he falls, in apparent pain. The relationship between the bride- and groom-to-be is pleasant enough, though it falls along rather traditional lines, with the woman taking responsibility for much of the planning while the man takes shortcuts or shirks his share. Bam and his friends are often disrespectful of parental figures.
What's the story?
BAM'S UNHOLY UNION chronicles the three-month-long wedding-planning process of pro skater/MTV star Bam Margera and his bride-to-be, Missy. With such a short amount of time to plan their nuptials, the couple has to rush around booking venues, choosing attire, and easing family members' fears that the whole thing will end up being a disaster -- or that a death metal band will be the featured entertainment. The drama is kept moving by tension between Missy's family and Margera, as well as between the loving couple as time pressures mount.
Is it any good?
As anyone familiar with Margera's antics in the Jackass franchise (as well as Viva la Bam) might imagine, the show features wild stunts, crude language, and strange characters. The series' appeal -- aside from providing the opportunity to witness Margera doing stupid things -- is the way it juxtaposes the supposed anti-establishment rule breaker with the traditional, rather conservative notion of a big wedding.
Viewers who happen to find Margera's personality -- or his propensity to wake up his friends by bashing them with a table lamp -- charming will enjoy the show. But without the car-wreck dysfunction of a couple like My Fair Brady's Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry, Bam's Unholy Union feels a little been-there, done-that.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about weddings. Parents, what kind of wedding did you have (if you did)? Teens, if you plan to get married, what kind of wedding do you see yourself having? What makes a wedding special? What makes a wedding awful? What can the process of planning a wedding tell a couple about the kind of marriage they'll have? How do you think Bam and Missy's wedding will compare to more "traditional" events? What messages is the show trying to send viewers, if any?