Parents' Guide to

Beyond Scared Straight

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Prison docuseries offers teens a tough reality check.

TV A&E Reality TV 2011
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 12+

Watch season 9 episode 9

The world needs to watch episode 9 on season 9. During the with that girl it is actually the cop who pushes the girl. The cops hand is on the prisoners right shoulder then pushes the with his own right hand. It's sad that police or show would allow that. Horrible people in Saint clair Illinois!!!!!!!! I hope the world looks down apon them forever.
age 11+

Beyond Scared Straight

I mean this is a really good show it does have a little bit inappropriate stuff a little bit of curse words and a little bit of sex and all the other kind of stuff it's not that bad I mean if you don't agree it would be like 14 and older but if your kids really want to watch it now responsible enough probably 11 and older 11 year olders my opinion 11 older is my opinion

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (17 ):

The series offers viewers a chance to see how inmate-run Scared Straight! programs from around the country use confrontation, information, and communication strategies to give adolescents a harsh reality check about what the real consequences will be if they continue to engage in behaviors like doing drugs, fighting, stealing, and other inappropriate and/or criminal activities. It also shows how even people behind bars can give back to their community.

The tough talking and unapologetically threatening behavior, violent images, and candid discussions about criminal activity featured here may be hard to take in, but it is offered within a very specific context. In the end, it shows how a disturbing but educational experience is being used in an attempt to change the lives of young people for the better.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 13, 2011
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: March 2, 2022

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