Parents' Guide to

Country Fried Planet

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Video round-up show perpetuates stereotypes.

TV CMT Reality TV 2008
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The show includes footage of ill-advised, dangerous tricks; random accidents; and clips of religious and cultural practices from all over the world. As a result, all of the activities take on the appearance of being silly, dumb, and/or grotesque -- despite the fact that some result in injury and others are steeped in ancient cultural tradition. Adding to this are some of Engvall's attempts to get laughs by making quips that incorporate ethnic stereotypes. His one-liners also sometimes play on words to make them sound like curses (like "ashpole" and "bullsnit"), and some include not-so-subtle references to human and animal genitalia and various sexual activities.

As if the stereotyping and sexual innuendo weren't enough, the show also treats these stunts and accidents as a form of entertainment, making it harder for young or less-mature viewers to appreciate how risky it is to imitate them. But the biggest concern is that it promotes uninformed assumptions about different countries and cultural practices, basing those assumptions on limited video footage of a very unique set of events. It may seem like harmless fun, but in the end, it doesn't send a great message to anyone.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: March 14, 2008
  • Cast: Bill Engvall
  • Network: CMT
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 24, 2022

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