A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Shows how a family facing tough economic times can make changes and sacrifices to continue living a good life and support each other. It also underscores the idea that no one is immune to financial hardship. Subtle references to religion.
Positive Role Models
The family works together to find ways to financially survive. Some of the kids are jealous of their step-siblings’ access to luxuries through their other parent.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Todd is sometimes seen shirtless.
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Words like “bitch,” “crap,” and “piss” are often used by the parents and the kids.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series features a large upper class blended family that has suddenly gone broke thanks to the economic recession. It contains some salty language ("bitch," "crap," "piss"), but overall offers positive messages about family and living more with less. Parents may want to watch with their kids to initiate discussions about the importance of monitoring spending, saving, and to address any anxieties about their family's financial situation.
Is It Any Good?
The reality doc features the Bruces as an example of how easily a family can go from financial wealth to financial ruin from one day to the next during difficult economic times. It also highlights some of the strong emotions that people who are suddenly facing poverty experience, including embarrassment, resentment, and fear.
It isn't easy to watch children selling off their prized possessions or rummaging through dumpsters for recyclables to make enough money to keep a roof over their heads. But these folks show us that it is possible to live with less, and to have a positive attitude while doing it.
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