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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The whole show is designed to tout the concept of living an eco-conscious lifestyle. The two stars often talk about the importance of living green, as do the many celebrities who make guest appearances. There's plenty of trash-talking and some underhanded dealings as the teams try to jockey for position. It sometimes seems like the show's green messages are secondary to the contest, and while some participants claim to live a eco-friendly lifestyle, others openly admit that they pay little heed to their impact on the environment (though being involved with the program certainly has made them think about it, which perhaps is the goal).
Sex, Romance & Nudity
No sex or nudity, but there's a fair amount of flirting between Tommy Lee and one of his team members, Nina.
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Some words are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
This show trades on Lee and Ludacris' star power and frequently promotes their musical careers. Plenty of other celebrities make guest appearances, and the participants often visit significant attractions and events, like the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, as well as local establishments, which appear on screen and are usually referred to by name. The competitions involve a variety of green projects, many of which require products -- and even advice -- from companies that offer such services and are promoted by name.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The teams often hold strategy sessions and post-challenge celebrations at bars and nightclubs, so there's plenty of drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a fairly standard reality program done up in green wrapping. Theoretically, the challenges are designed to promote eco-friendly habits -- or at least promote the idea of making changes that will benefit the environment -- but they sometimes seem to be mostly for show, with little evidence that any of the participants actually make adjustments to how they live. The teams often convene for strategy sessions and post-event celebrations at bars and nightclubs, so expect a fair amount of drinking. There's also some bleeped swearing and a bit of flirtatious behavior.
Is It Any Good?
Battleground Earth follows a tried-and-true format, pitting the two teams against each other in a series of wacky events. The twist here is the show's focus on the environment. The contests all have some connection to the green movement, and the participants frequently talk about the importance of recognizing mankind's negative impact on the planet. The two musicians are frequently joined by celebrity guest stars, who echo this sentiment.
But a lot of the participants' talk about living a green lifestyle seems to be just that: talk. While they spend a lot of time advocating a green lifestyle, the series doesn't really show them making any obvious changes to their own lifestyles. And while the competitions all have a green theme, it's not clear that racing to sell as much fried food as possible so the used oil can be used to produce biodiesel will really do much to save the planet. And when one team climbs into a private plane at the end of an episode, it seems like the group is only paying lip service to their message of change.
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