Bully Beat Down

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Bully-bashing show fights violence with ... violence.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

In theory, the message of the show -- that bullying is bad -- is positive. But the way that the bullies are taught a lesson -- using violence (albeit structured and supervised violence) -- is much less so.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The way that the participants choose to deal with their bullies isn't something that you'd want real-life kids imitating. There's also plenty of confrontation, trash talk, and the like.

Violence

About half of the show is devoted to training and fighting. Opponents punch, kick, push, and put choke holds on each other, although a referee (and trained medical staff) is available at all times during the match, and fighters can "tap out" when they need a break. Viewers might see small amounts of blood.

Sex
Language

Frequent use of the word "ass" and other colorful terms like "douche bag," "man boobs," and "fat boy." For example, the host says of one bully: "Ryan has the body of a meat head and the personality of a douche bag. If you connected him into links, he'd be douche sausage."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that half of this show is devoted to physical violence -- specifically, cage fighting -- and that the objective is to teach bullies not to pick on victims by having them go head to head with professional-level martial artists. There's also some salty language (think "hell" and "ass") and heavy use of provocative statements like this: "Yo, bring us your bully, and we'll beat him down."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybob56789 October 12, 2011

Not worth your time, even detrimental

While the show does a decent job of delivering 'just desserts' I feel like it only feeds into a bully's ego. Though the bully is emasculated, th... Continue reading
Adult Written byBleu October 20, 2009

Wrong for anyone!

In a country where violence, bullying and depression among children are at their all time high, who in their right mind would think bullying a bullying is appro... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 16, 2009

This is the show for me

I'm 12 years old but can't get enough of this. I get bullies ALL THE TIME. And I hope when I'm old enough I get to put them in the ring.

What's the story?

In BULLY BEATDOWN, fed-up victims nominate their real-life enemies for the ultimate revenge: going head to head with a professionally trained mixed martial artist in a no-holds-barred cage fight. In case the show's title isn't a dead giveaway, the bully gets a sobering beatdown -- and some serious taunting from host Jason "Mayhem" Miller (who's also a mixed martial artist). But there's also some cash involved: In the first round, the bully is given $5,000 ... but his victim gains $1,000 of it every time the bully has to "tap out" of the fight. In the second round, the bully starts with another $5,000 but loses it all to his victim if he's knocked out or decides to forfeit.

Is it any good?

Fans of mixed martial arts action, especially those who know what it's like to be picked on by a bully, will dig this trumped-up revenge scenario that puts up to $10,000 cash in the pockets of the bully's victim. Others might be midly entertained at best.

But the show is at its most satisfying when the bully and victim can actually resolve their differences outside the ring, as in the episode in which a victim and his battered and bruised bully -- who just so happens to be his much bigger younger brother -- ultimately embraced and said "I love you." The reconciliation not only seemed genuine, but it also gave this reality-based game show a much-needed dose of humanity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about bullying and whether it's a problem they can relate to at home or at school. Teens: Do you know anyone that you'd classify as a bully? Have they ever hurt you or someone you know -- either physically or emotionally? Why do you think they act the way they do? 

  • Do you think a show like this one could

  • actually change a bully's behavior in the long term? Or is it merely exploiting both the bully and the victim?

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