A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this addition to MTV's Cribs franchise has a much different and more family-friendly focus than the original series. Teens and young adults give tours of their unusual homes in a way that celebrates creativity and individuality instead of consumerism and excess. Occasionally some suggestive imagery (like a sculpture of a naked woman) pops up, but it's not emphasized.
What's the story?
Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes a home unusual. Is it the building materials? The shape? The location? Do you think these houses are affordable to most families? How can you tell?
What do you think motivates these families to agree to an MTV house tour?
Do you notice anything about who usually gives the home tours? Are they generally attractive? Young? Do you think that's a coincidence?
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