Dare to Live

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Musicians push their limits in positive reality series.

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

Positive Messages

Don't be afraid to live your life; be confident and willing to take risks. The negative consequences of this aren't discussed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rory Kramer loves what he does, wants to help others enjoy life. He appears close to his parents. 

Violence

The activities aren't reckless, but many can potentially result in serious injury. Features alligator wrestling, cliff diving, driving speed cars, etc. 

Sex

Shirtless men; a few suggestive lyrics. 

Language

"Hell," "damn"; bleeped cursing. 

Consumerism

Popular music artists, venues featured. Ford, other car models visible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking (champagne); references to being "lit." 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dare to Live is an MTV reality series featuring musicians participating in fun, but potentially dangerous, activities. There are a range of musical artists and venues featured, as well as some popular songs in each episode. There's lots of bleeped cursing, shirtless men, and occasional references to being high, too. The series has positive messages like living life to the fullest, but it doesn't address the potential negative consequences of making certain choices. 

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What's the story?

DARE TO LIVE is a reality series starring director and videographer Rory Kramer as he travels the world capturing daring moments with some of his favorite musical acts. The self-proclaimed "professional life-liver" spends time recording moments from artist performances, music video shoots, and other events for his video log. On their days off, he takes them on adventures that push them out of their comfort zone. From wrestling alligators with hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd in Florida to diving off a cliff with DJ Steve Aoki in Hawaii, Rory pushes them to take some risks and have some fun. 

Is it any good?

This funny and sometimes poignant reality show underscores the idea that you have to take risks in order to live the life that you love. To do so, it features popular musical artists participating in exciting and potentially dangerous activities that they normally wouldn't do. While some of the pursuits appear to be fun and unique, others can potentially result in serious injury. Nonetheless, what makes the show entertaining are the moments when they freak out during the experience.

Kramer, who openly notes that he struggled with depression and quit his job to produce videos to pursue his bliss, uses Dare to Live as a platform to encourage people to be fearless. But the show's subtext points to the idea that it's OK to walk away from your current life in order to find one that makes you happy. There is value to this message, but the show falls short in reminding folks that living your dream doesn't mean it's always easy or fun. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why people decide to forgo a stable job or lifestyle in order to pursue another way of life. What are some of the risks that come with this? What are the benefits? 

  • Does Dare to Live really show what it's like to live life to the fullest? Or is it really about showing famous musicians doing things that are fun or scary? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: August 29, 2017
  • Cast: Rory Kramer
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming

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