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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series attempts to show how important it is to step up and be a good father, and how hard it is to do so. But these messages are mixed in with reality show drama.
Positive Role Models
The young men are irresponsible, selfish, and disrespectful, but some seem to change over time. Many of the fathers-to-be spend money on cars, electronics, and video games rather than saving money, and or spending it on the baby's needs. Many of their partners have self-esteem issues. Most of the parents-to-be are in their early 20s; they are all unmarried; and they come from various class, racial/ethnic, and social backgrounds.
Violence & Scariness
Contains scenes of arguing, yelling, and screaming. One cast member has had problems with the law.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
At least one cast member watches online porn. Contains scenes of women giving birth. Sonograms and gynecological instruments, etc. are sometimes visible. The pregnant women are unmarried. The young men are sometimes shown flirting with other women.
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Words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped. Words like "chick" and "your women" are used to refer to the pregnant women.
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Products & Purchases
Xboxes and other brands are sometimes discussed and/or visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The expecting fathers like to go out to drink (beer, hard liquor), smoke cigarettes, and use pot to get high. Marijuana is visible. Some of them have serious addiction problems.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- which features young men participating in a month-long therapeutic program designed to convince them to be good fathers to their unborn children -- offers some positive messages about fatherhood, but also contains lots of inappropriate behavior that has become typical of reality entertainment. Moms- and dads-to-be have screaming arguments and use strong language (words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped). Drinking (hard liquor, beer) plus cigarette and pot smoking is visible (marijuana is visible in at least one episode). Some of the men also appear to have addiction problems.
Is It Any Good?
The series attempts to address the issue of single parenthood by trying to convince young men that being a responsible parent is the right thing to do. While it underscores the financial and emotional obligations that come with the job, it also tries to highlight the rewards that come with being a good parent. It also explores some of the reasons why young fathers are usually unprepared, and often unwilling, to share the responsibility of raising a child.
These messages are good ones, but they often get lost as the show serves up lots of screaming, fighting, drinking, and womanizing, and other activities that have become a standard part of reality entertainment. The show also fails to address that many of the mothers featured here, most of whom appear to have major self-esteem issues, are also unprepared for parenthood. In the end, what this series is really offering is a voyeuristic experience that some may find interesting, but that fails to provide any kind of real answer to what has become a major problem in American society.
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