Bazillion Dollar Club

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Silicon Valley-themed reality is all about the money.

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Positive Messages

Themes include entrepreneurship, making money as a priority.

Positive Role Models & Representations

McClure and Forrest are helpful, not always likable.


Arguments, yelling.


"Bastard," "damn," "bitch," "s--t"; "f--k" is bleeped.


500 Startups, Vango, ivee, Apple products, Starbucks, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook.


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne, wine, hard alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bazillion Dollar Club features consumer-based start-up companies trying to raise investment capital. There is some mentoring, but making money and lots of it is the major theme here. In the process, there's swearing ("bitch," "s--t"; "f--k" bleeped), some drinking, and occasional yelling and arguing. Businesses such as 500 Startups, as well as various startups and tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, and Apple are prominently featured. 

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What's the story?

BAZILLION DOLLAR CLUB is a reality series featuring start-up companies getting help with taking their businesses to the next level. Venture capitalist and 500 Startups founder Dave McClure, along with advisor Brady Forrest, put novice companies through a 16-week accelerated "boot camp" program to help them take their ideas and turn them into profitable businesses. Throughout the process they must figure out the best strategies to gain more exposure and increase sales to make the business an attractive investment opportunity. Advice from professionals from Facebook and other tech companies help them think about the different paths they can take to meet their goals, which can include pop-up events (short-term events that take place in otherwise empty spaces) and paid acquisition (paying for online ads). Most importantly, they must effectively cultivate and articulate the story of their company, which is pitched to potential investors in hopes of raising the cash they need for the company to grow. 

Is it any good?

This unscripted series takes a mildly interesting look at what it takes to develop a start-up company into a profitable business. It highlights many of the issues start-ups face as they struggle to survive, including not having enough capital, being short on staff, and being unable to pay or hire much-needed employees.

Fans of Silicon Valley-themed shows may want to tune in to see what's going on here. However, much of the show's focus is on McClure's no-nonsense mentoring approach, as well as the personalities of the company employees. As a result, those who are looking for business advice aren't going to find much of it here. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it takes to start a company. How do you take an idea or invention you have and build a company to sell it? What kind of training and talent do you need to do this successfully? What are some of the biggest challenges to a start-up's success? 

  • Is wanting to make a lot of money or to be rich necessarily a bad thing? What would you do with a "bazillion" dollars? 

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