Parents' Guide to

Big Brother

By Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Voyeuristic reality TV is iffy for teens.

TV CBS Reality TV 2000
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 13+
iffy for children it just depends on Childs maturity level

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
2 people found this helpful.
age 14+

Big Brother is a competitive game show where 16 contestants compete against each other for $500,00. The reviews blasted the show, when in all it isn't bad. Yes there are are a few in the edge outfits, but no sex. At least not in the five years I've been watching it. My two sons (15 and 13 ) watch it with me. I say 14 up.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (38 ):

Big Brother entertains viewers with its scandalous situations -- Jacuzzi hook-ups, threats, etc. -- confessionals in the video diary room and, of course, the contestants' shameless cunning and guile. But while reality show addicts (and anyone who likes a good voyeuristic thrill) will want to tune in, ultimately Big Brother -- which features contestants frolicking in bikinis and canned personality conflicts -- fails to live up to its more intelligent reality-show peers.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: July 5, 2000
  • Cast: Julie Chen
  • Network: CBS
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: September 24, 2023

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