A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Show themes include the creation of alliances, betrayals, and other typical reality show topics.
Positive Role Models
The contestants use devious methods to expel their opponents.
Violence & Scariness
In some of the tasks, contestants end up with bruises and sore muscles. In one season, a contestant allegedly threatened another with a knife.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some skimpy outfits; heavy, frequent flirting between the contestants. Some relationships have gone far past the flirting stage, all the way to sex (including oral sex and group sessions); while there's no graphic action or nudity in the primetime broadcasts, it's clear what's going on, and unedited versions are available on cable's Big Brother After Dark.
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Words include "crap," "ass," "bitch," "slut," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Product placement and sponsorships are frequent. Celebrities have come by the house to promote themselves/their projects.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking. Occasional excessive drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the contestants on this voyeuristic reality show are 14 adults who live together in a house. Their close proximity leads to various iffy situations, including excessive drinking and hooking up. What's more, the contestants manipulate each other (lying, flirting, etc.) to get a leg up on their opponents.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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