Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Overdramatic reality show focuses on alleged cover-ups.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The series sends the message -- which reflects Ventura's personal views -- that governments can't be trusted.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ventura is a former Navy SEAL, professional wrestler, and governor of Minnesota. He uses his past to give him credibility.


Ventura often makes references to getting angry and alludes to his potential for getting violent when he isn’t allowed access to secret locations. Also references to violent events, including the Iraq War. Some of the alleged conspiracies that Ventura investigates are supposedly connected to and/or have the potential to cause catastrophic harm to people and the environment. Brief images of some of these events are shown.


Occasional bleeped curse words like “bulls--t”.


Ventura is occasionally shown driving a Ford. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There's always the potential for discussions about drugs being used as part of a larger conspiracy.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this highly dramatized "reality" series -- which stars former Minnesota governor/pro wrestler/Navy SEAL Jesse Ventura --  explores alleged conspiracies surrounding topics like secret military weapons and the 9/11 attacks. The show reflects Ventura's personal ideas about the need for citizens to keep a close eye on their governments (which, according to him, can never be trusted). There's occasional strong language (though it's generally bleeped), and some of the supposed cover-ups deal with violent events -- including military attacks, terrorism, natural disasters, and environmental destruction.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 and 4-year-old Written byalex.straus December 18, 2010

question authority

Definitely watch this show. Teach young ones that they should ALWAYS question authority. Everyone has an agenda including your government!
Adult Written byRonTruth December 28, 2009

If No CIA conspiracy to assassinate a popular president (Kennedy) existed, then why not declassify the CIA files of a dead man who apparently had no family?

I base my responses to the above questions on the fact that, if one looks at our recent past history where government and foreign and military policy are concer... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byHaxis27 April 5, 2013

Epic show

It's a great show show your children when they are untroubled XD Jessy Vanturea was funny in wrestling the movie Preditor and the best Govenor since Rick P... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written by9001 December 10, 2009

Iffy for ages 14-18

This is a great show, but it may disturb and worry younger children, and the topics are deep and complex. These shows also contain violent mature material, such... Continue reading

What's the story?

CONSPIRACY THEORY WITH JESSE VENTURA is a reality/mystery show committed to uncovering alleged government cover-ups. Former Minnesota governor/WWF wrester/Navy SEAL Jesse Ventura leads a team of reporters, researchers, and operatives as they collect information and investigate theories about the existence of secret military weapons and some of the untold realities surrounding the 9/11 attacks and global warming. He travels across the country to try to gain access to top-secret areas and meets with scientists who share their opinions about what they believe the government is doing; interviews with witnesses to unusual events are also included. At the end of each investigation, Ventura offers his opinions about the credibility of the information the team has collected.

Is it any good?

Conspiracy Theory presents a rather ominous take on the variety of ways that the government and other power structures can potentially engage in secret activities without the public’s knowledge. While Ventura is careful to never specifically offer a judgment about the validity of any of the theories, his interpretations of the information collected about these issues clearly reflect his personal (and sometimes controversial) views about the role of government in people’s lives.

While Ventura and his team discuss the importance of finding the truth behind some of these alleged cover-ups, most of the show's conversations seem too scripted and over the top to be credible. And some of Ventura’s opinions on these conspiracies border on the outright theatrical. While his approach may stir up some entertainment, it makes it hard to accept anything that he says as believable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether or not they believe in government conspiracies. Do you think that the stories shown here have any credibility? How could you find out more?

  • How does it make you feel when people in the media accuse the

  • government of lying?

  • Have there been times in history when these accusations have proven correct?

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