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Celebs show off their luxurious homes.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Materialism is celebrated.

Positive role models

Celebrities show off the wealth that their fame and success has brought them.

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Stars often say, "This is where all the magic happens" when they tour their bedroom; one celeb had a stripper pole in home.

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Brand names are on display when celebs tour their home, from electronics, cars, and food to their own movies and albums.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Cristal champagne is an essential when showing off any refrigerator; some celebs drink while giving their tour.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this show is a commercial for all the fancy things celebrities own. Celebs flaunt their big toys, fancy cars, and custom features (in-home movie theaters, waterslides, hot tubs, and indoor basketball courts). Cristal champagne is common in most homes. Some of the celebs (such as Lil Bow Wow) are still in their teens.

What's the story?

CRIBS (and the spin-off, Teen Cribs and Extreme Cribs) is a modern version of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Hollywood starlets, comedians, pop stars, rockers, and athletes allow MTV cameras into their homes for a chance to show off what being a celebrity has earned them. The star offers a personal tour and points out their favorite places to curl up with a book, write music, do yoga, or even take a bath. Celebs often go on about how much they love to take bubble baths (Mariah Carey actually got into the tub with a towel over her) or brag that their bedroom is "where all the magic happens." It's also common practice to open up the fridge to reveal a bottle of Cristal, a high-priced champagne popular with the hip-hop crowd.

Is it any good?


Hundreds of celebs have let Cribs tour their home, including Carey, Kathy Griffin, Shaquille O'Neal, Lil' Jon, Tony Hawk, Ludacris, and Wayne Newton. In addition to being massive in size, the featured homes are full of luxury. Celebs highlight items that they've had customized, including TVs that come out of the floor, gold paint made with real gold, walk-in closets, cars with monogrammed leather seats, and a certified Starbucks coffee bar.

Tweens and teens will be interested in taking an inside look at the rooms of some of their favorite celebs. The show is fun, but a follow-up conversation on money, lavish living, material goods, and living within your means is worth parents' time.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance and emphasis of material goods. Why is having these things so important to these people? Is this something your child might aspire to? Do fancy cars and cool gadgets bring happiness?

TV details

Premiere date:October 5, 2000
Cast:Bam Margera, Mariah Carey, Sharon Osbourne
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Teen, 16 years old Written bylinglingrocks218 March 1, 2010

very good

very good, shows hao celebs live. Sometimes there is bad language like "damn" "hell" "ass" and some bleeped words. Commersialism is a iffy issue in this show. I think it is okay for 8+.
Teen, 16 years old Written bytexangirl97 July 30, 2009

Good show for older tweens + teens.

I watch this show every once in a while. It's really not that bad. there's a little bit of language, but other than that it's fine for older tweens and teens.
Adult Written bygreta-elisif April 9, 2008

Sickeningly Vulgar

This show is gross to see, or just read about. It’s an exulatation of indulgence. It shows you what happens when pathetically ill-bred people get a hold of a lot of money. They could have invested some in something worthwhile and used some to buy respectable, nicely-constructed houses, which are, as we of Swedish descent say, “lagom”, or just right (in size, et cetera). Instead, they wasted it generally on gilded junk.


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