Parents' Guide to

Breaking Bonaduce

By Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Uncomfortable look at former child star's woes.

TV VH1 Reality TV 2005
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Breaking Bonaduce isn't your average reality show, in that it's more like a cautionary documentary about the hazards of hard living. The show had already begun filming when Danny fell back on drugs and drinking binges. A rehab program leaves Danny more determined than ever to win back Gretchen's trust and save their marriage. He relies on the help of friends and marriage counselor Dr. Garry Corgiat to get his life back on track. But to do so, he still has to deal with the jealousy issues that continue to torment him.

While high, Danny exhibited manic behavior, and those scenes are revisited from time to time. In one scene, a tipsy Danny, in Mexico for a rooftop photo shoot, jumps onto the ledge and plays around while horrified photographers look on. During the same trip, he carjacks a vehicle while drunk. There are also scenes in which he verbally abuses his therapist. While any fans that the actor has left may enjoy it, for families looking for quality TV, it's a pass.

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