Parents' Guide to

Dog the Bounty Hunter

By Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Engrossing, gritty reality show has some bite.

TV A&E Reality TV 2004
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 18+

Making a felon a hero is NOT honorable

A convicted felon as a hero? One who was convicted of 1st degree murder. That's just wrong on so many levels. How low have the morals and mores of this country fallen? I watched it for a couple of seasons in the beginning, but found myself in disagreement with him virtually every time. First, a holier-than-thou attitude. This, from a convicted felon. I can't abide a murderer as any kind of hero and I do not understand how people can admire him. But these are probably the same ones that admire Jeffrey Dahmer and others like him. I would not subject my children to any exposure to that cretin. And I would NEVER let my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren alone in a room with him. Why not a reality show about TRUE heroes, men and women in the US military. First Responders are already honored and that's GREAT!!! But a felon? Give me a break!

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+

too much disrespect

I watch this show almost everyday, I like the work the family is doing, but the only thing that gets to me is how disrespectful the couple is! Beth and dog needs to know that, it's the work that's going to make what your doing successful and not the disrespect that they use against human beings! Remember you weren't always in a good place so never look down on others! Also it takes respect to get respect!!!!

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Often, the Chapmans find that the person they've been searching for has already been apprehended by the police -- which means they don't get their $5000 bounty. Other times, Chapman, whose weathered exterior and all-black ensembles belie his sensitive side, takes pity on the fugitives he's seeking and agrees to let them go if they turn themselves in the next day.

What's great about Dog the Bounty Hunter is that it allows viewers to see a side of the law that's not often portrayed. When Chapman apprehends a suspect, he's a tough talker, but -- being a former criminal himself -- he's able to speak frankly to those on the lam and help them see the error of their ways. Though the subject matter is gritty, it isn't too violent, and parents don't have to worry about letting their tweens watch.

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