Betty White's Off Their Rockers

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Hidden-camera show features laughs and bawdy behavior.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this tv show.

Positive messages

The series attempts to break social stereotypes about seniors. It also underscores the idea that seniors are humorously getting back at young people for discounting their ability to be fun and sexy.

Positive role models & representations

The pranksters can be sharp at times but aren't mean spirited. The seniors are mostly positive representations of older folks.

Violence

Pranks include seniors crashing into glass, buildings, and other people on motorized carts and other vehicles, but no injuries are shown. Occasionally the actors pretend to beat each other up.

Sex

Some sexual innuendo, including references to body parts, the "mile high" club, and sexual acts. Pranks include stripping and running naked in public places (nudity is blurred).

Language

Words like "hell" and "ass" are audible; curses like "f--k" are bleeped. Obscene gestures are blurred.

Consumerism

Cars like Mustang convertibles are visible. References are made to soda brands like Coke and Sprite.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

References to drinking beer; people are shown drinking large glasses of wine.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Betty White's Off Their Rockers is a hidden-camera reality series in which senior citizens play brazen pranks on much younger people. There's lots of sexual innuendo (as well as some blurred nudity), salty vocab, and staged crashes and assaults (though no injuries are shown). Drinking is visible, and brands like Mustang, Coke, and Sprite pop up. The pranks aren't mean spirited and attempt to break social stereotypes about the elderly.

User Reviews

Parent Written bytly May 23, 2012

Not much humor but lots of bad influence!!!!!!

too much of bad influences and foul language. I wonder what betty & her "buddies" will think is ok when they are face to face with God?
Adult Written bydr dew April 8, 2012

hilarious

we watched this me and my 3 siblings ages 12 10 &8 'the 8 year old is very mature for her age ' and we all loved it laughed the entire time an...
Teen, 13 years old Written bySuddenImpact January 2, 2013

Hilarious Show!!!

This show is hilarious!!! I caught it on NBC the other night and it was great. There is a lot of sexual references and mild language but it made me laugh like c...
Kid, 12 years old January 22, 2013

Best show EVER

This show is amazing, I watch it when i can catch it (not too often because I either am doing something or my dad is hogging up the TV). But it shows that senio...

What's the story?

BETTY WHITE'S OFF THEIR ROCKERS features an outrageous group of elderly hipsters playing pranks on unsuspecting twentysomethings. Hosted by actress and comedienne Betty White, the hidden-camera show features an ensemble cast of actors like Michael Alaimo, Lou Beatty Jr., and Reatha Grey participating in a variety of carefully crafted stunts and candid sketches. In between these scenes, White offers sassy commentary and words of wisdom based on what she's learned over the years.

Is it any good?

The show, which is adapted from a Belgian hit series, offers lots of hilarious moments as the cast engages in some crazy antics, like crashing into flower carts with motorized vehicles and flash dancing at a movie theater. Equally funny are the victims' reactions, which range from looking shocked to laughing hysterically from the weirdness.

It's all in good fun, but Off Their Rockers does have a fair bit of strong sexual innuendo, salty language, and bawdy behavior, making it an iffy choice for younger viewers. But it's not mean spirited, and teens and adults who can handle this sort of thing will enjoy lots of laughable moments that remind us that getting older doesn't mean that you can't still be outrageous, sexy, or fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how society views the elderly. What are some of the stereotypes about the aging? Does the media contribute to these stereotypes? Do you think shows like this one help to break them?

  • When do pranks cross the line? What's an example of an inappropriate or harmful prank? How does it feel to be the butt of a joke?

TV details

For kids who love comedy

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