Born Country

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Mediocre reality show doesn't offer anything new.

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Positive Messages

The series plays up conflict and emotions between the people onscreen. People make critical/derogatory comments about others, both to their faces and in side interviews. A case could be made that the show stereotypes the kinds of people who enjoy pastimes like karaoke, line dancing, and monster truck rallies.

Violence
Sex

References to how "sexy" a person looks.

Language

Occasional expletives like "damn," "bitch," and "ass."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some scenes show adults drinking at bars and parties.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this docu-reality series includes occasional strong language ("bitch," "ass," etc.) and social drinking. It's also plagued by the excessive conflict and emotional exploitation typical of reality TV. People often make derogatory and/or critical comments about others, both to their faces and in confessional asides (for example, a young boy tells his mom she should jog to lose some weight), and there's virtually no positive material to offset the negative.

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What's the story?

BORN COUNTRY follows everyday people whose lives are immersed in "country" culture. Whether it's celebrating the life-changing effects of line dancing, seeking love among like-minded singles, or throwing the most extreme country wedding, the docu-reality series' subjects get in front of the cameras to share their stories of being rooted in country pride. Each episode spotlights a handful of different people; the cameras observe as they tell their tales and follow along as they go about their business at home and at play. Onscreen confessionals record the featured folks' thoughts, and interpersonal exchanges bring strong emotions (both good and bad) to the surface.

Is it any good?

If country is your thing, you may find enough common ground with the show's subjects to be moderately entertained for an hour. But without any shared interest, it's likely that Born Country will bore you, since it's so rooted in a definitive culture that makes it hard to transcend those boundaries. And if you've grown tired of TV's ubiquitous reality shows, don't waste your time looking for anything new here. It's chock-full of the same melodrama and exploitation of interpersonal relations as its many peers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of reality TV. What do viewers find so appealing about reality shows? Do you think they give an accurate view of real life? Why or why not? How much of what viewers see in these shows do you think is exaggerated for entertainment or edited to present a particular point of view? Families can also discuss how shows like this one reflect certain groups in society. Does this series seem stereotypical in any way? If so, how? What impressions does it give the general public about country culture?

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