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Breakthrough with Tony Robbins

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Uplifting reality show about people helping themselves.

TV NBC Reality TV 2010
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Robbins is well-known for his endless enthusiasm and optimism, but even his glass-is-half-full perspective is challenged by some of these cases: a groom who becomes a quadriplegic on his wedding day, for example, or a family thrown into disarray after a drive-by shooting. But despite these calamities, Robbins is able to help the families see the bright side of life. He can't fix their lives -- at least not on his own -- but he can make them see that they have the power to do so themselves.

The show is uplifting, and even the most jaded of viewers can't help but be inspired by these examples. If the people on Breakthrough can overcome their problems, anyone can. In fact, this show is perhaps even more elevating than other feel-good shows like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. That show feels more like winning the lottery, a bolt of assistance from the blue. Robbins offers less material aid, but teaching people to help themselves may be the best gift of all.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: July 27, 2010
  • Cast: Tony Robbins
  • Network: NBC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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