Parents' Guide to

Extreme Cribs

By Elka Karl, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

MTV spotlights unusual homes without the usual celeb focus.

TV MTV Reality TV 2011
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While other shows in the Cribs franchise celebrate wealth and excess, Extreme Cribs has an admirably different focus. The original series and its spin-offs focused on fleets of cars, massive square footage, and bulk supplies of alcohol. While some Extreme Cribs houses are large, the focus is never its size. Instead, unusual features, such as the fact that a castle-type home was built out of stone harvested from the property, are celebrated.

The families and homes showcased here definitely aren't average -- you have to be able to think outside the box to build a home in the mouth of a cave in the Utah desert. The show is an excellent choice for teens who may feel a little alienated from more mainstream classmates. The families and teens showcased understand that they may be perceived as "weird," but they seem very comfortable with this label. And while the MTV production values are still present -- corny sound effects and rock music riffs are common -- they're toned down compared to other versions of the show.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: August 1, 2011
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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