A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this positive and inspiring series features members of the military returning from active duty and surprising their loved ones in fun and creative ways. While many of the scenes are fun, sensitive viewers may find many of the emotional reunions intense. Images of soldiers in full uniform and carrying weapons are frequently shown. Returning soldiers sometimes passionately kiss their spouses.
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What's the story?
COMING HOME is a heartwarming reality show featuring soldiers returning to their families in surprising ways. Each episode features host Matt Rogers working with real military spouses and/or other family members to plan the ultimate surprise -- reuniting their returning soldier with unsuspecting loved ones. The soldiers, who are coming back from active service in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other global destinations, spend their first hours back in town hiding in closets, unexpectedly appearing at school assemblies, and even dressing up as a medieval swordsman, in order to make an unforgettable reappearance. Home videos of soldiers’ fun and heartwarming returns around the country are also featured.
Is it any good?
The series features lots of emotional moments, as active members of all five branches of the military return to loved ones who have eagerly waited for their safe return. Scenes featuring children are especially moving, and underscore how difficult it has been to live without their mother or father.
The reunions are entertaining and heartwarming to watch. But it is the show’s efforts to celebrate and honor the men, women, and children who have made -- and who still are making -- sacrifices in service of their country that make it inspiring.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the emotions evoked by this show. What are the emotions you feel watching the reunions? Do those emotions impact your thoughts and feelings about war and the military? What is the purpose of a show like this?
Wars and other violent conflicts are often featured in movies, TV shows, video games, and other forms of media as a source of entertainment. How do these violent media impact the way we think about war and other violent confrontations?
What are some of the challenges military families face? What issues does this show leave out?