Damage Control

Common Sense Media says

Insipid reality show demeans everyone involved.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lots of offensive stuff about women; parents laugh -- and win money -- as Anthony displays bad behavior.


A midget stuntman fakes injury after a stunt.


Lingerie show, sex toys, spanking, etc.


Bleeped out, but pretty obvious.


Both a fake sex toy and security company; Wee Man does stunts for Jackass.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Anthony does a shot he thinks is Spanish Fly.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that it's hard to find anything positive to say about this show. Sex is discussed graphically, the humor is offensive, and inappropriate behavior is rewarded.

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What's the story?

MTV's reality show DAMAGE CONTROL invites parents to set up their kids in many a compromising situation. While the kids are put to the test, the parents are asked to predict the kids' reaction. If their predictions are correct, they win cash. If their kids confess at the end, they win more cash.

Is it any good?


In the inaugural episode, Anthony's parents are hiding in the neighbor's basement, while their son -- who looks like he's in his early to mid-20s -- deals with bizarre situations, such as a sex package delivered to his mom, a crazy security salesperson who wants Anthony to act out scenarios with him, and, in a surreal twist, a visit from Jackass actor Wee-Man who invites him to participate in a stunt for an allegedly new reality show. Along the way, the host (Simple Plan's Pierre Bouvier) asks his parents probing questions: Will Anthony open his mom's box from sex toy company? (The answer: No, but his friends will). Will he let the sex toy salespeople put on a lingerie show? (Yes, of course). Will he act put on a diaper and act like a baby for the sake of Wee-Man's reality show? (Oh yeah).

Bottom line: There is nothing fun or redeemable about this show; the pranks are humiliating to watch. Damage Control is just more reality television gone out of control.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why parents would participate in such a show. Are any of the people involved likable? Why are shows like this popular? Do you think they will continue to be?

TV details

Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Educator Written byMr. Carthic May 14, 2010

he looks like Joseph Deleo!

What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written bycyclone09 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


kinda funny but stupid. reality TV really needs to just stop. don't we get enough reality everyday? who wants to watch it on TV? especially when it's not even that funny.....


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