A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's important to overcome your fears (but this isn't really the best way to go about it).
Positive Role Models
Although the "doctor"'s mission is to help people overcome their worst fears, his bedside manner is crude and questionable -- and his only qualification to provide these "cures" is his own experiences doing dangerous, silly stunts.
Violence & Scariness
Most of Steve-O's Jackass-style stunts are violent enough to make you wince. He injures himself in nearly every episode and sometimes makes himself sick to the point of vomiting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The doctor's assistant wears a low-cut nurse's uniform with a short skirt -- and sometimes even less. In one episode, Steve-O has his own pubic hair waxed while wearing a zebra-print thong. On the show's website, you can vote for "Hot Nurse of the Week."
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Audible language includes "crap" and "badass." More serious offenders are bleeped out.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the unconventional methods that Steve-O uses to "cure" his patients of troublesome phobias in this Jackass-style reality show aren't even close to being approved by the American Medical Association. Most of the "treatments" involve moderate violence and rely on gross-out tactics to keep audiences entertained. Unless you want your kids replicating the stunts, restrict viewing to older teens only -- and even then, reminders and reality checks are in order. Other iffy content includes swearing (both bleeped and audible) and sexualization of women.
Is It Any Good?
DR. STEVE-O is a lot like its eponymous host, an extreme stuntman who shot to fame as one of Johnny Knoxville's partners in crime on Jackass. The pacing is frantic, the editing is somewhat schizophrenic, and it doesn't always make a whole lot of sense. It's almost as if the show had ADD and were begging for a dose of Ritalin.
In one episode, one of Steve-O's hapless patients seemed to have the right idea. After being ushered into an ice skating rink and being told he'd have to put on a pair of tighty-whities -- all so he could be dragged around by a Zamboni and basically humiliated -- he walked off the show. Steve-O declared him uncommitted to the healing process. But we declare him refreshingly sane. If you're entertained by Steve-O's antics, you've probably already admired his work on Jackass or in any of the various Jackass movies. And those who can put it in the right context know it can be fun. But remember, kids ... don't try this stuff at home.
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