Betty White's Off Their Rockers
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Hidden-camera show features laughs and bawdy behavior.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
The pranksters can be sharp at times but aren't mean spirited. The seniors are mostly positive representations of older folks.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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).
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Words like "hell" and "ass" are audible; curses like "f--k" are bleeped. Obscene gestures are blurred.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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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?
- Premiere date: January 16, 2012
- Cast: Betty White, Reatha Gray
- Network: NBC
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: April 5, 2023
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