A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The importance of communication, respect, taking accountability, setting boundaries, and other positive family relationship dynamics are emphasized. The need for parents to be willing to set these standards and reinforce them is underscored.
Positive Role Models
Jo Frost is a positive influence, but the kids featured here are often bratty and extremely disrespectful to their parents, and their parents are often disrespectful towards each other. Parents are often unwilling to set boundaries and/or demand respect from their children.
Violence & Scariness
Arguments lead to screaming, yelling, insults, pushing, shoving, and occasionally hitting. Corporal punishment is not viewed as a positive way to discipline children. Some episodes include themes relating to a death of a child and military service-related post-traumatic stress disorder.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Marital relationships are discussed, but there's nothing really sexy here.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Profanity is frequent; words like "ass" and "piss" are audible; "bitch," "s--t," and "f--k" are bleeped. Teens are sometimes shown saying these things to their parents.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Family problems include kids struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. One episode features an underage cast member who is hospitalized with suspected alcohol poisoning; another cast member's friend dies of an overdose.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Family S.O.S. features families in crisis getting help from celebrity nanny Jo Frost. Both children and their parents are shown screaming, yelling, and swearing; kids are also shown shoving, hitting, and acting out. Underage drinking, addiction problems, and death (including of a child) are discussed, too. All of these behaviors are interpreted as negative activities, while positive messages about the importance of setting boundaries, respect, and good communication are highlighted. Teens might be interested, but these conversations are mostly geared towards parents.
Is It Any Good?
Like many nanny-hosted reality shows, Family S.O.S. mainly centers on working with parents to help them define the parameters by which they will run their household, including setting and reinforcing firm boundaries for their children, and being willing to discipline their children (through non-violent means) when necessary. It also highlights the importance of communicating openly, but respectfully, with one another.
The show is full of frustrating moments, thanks to the moms and dads who are unwilling to demand respect from their children, and who are afraid to show some tough love. But the messages it offers about why these things are necessary for a stable family are positive ones. The voyeuristic series isn't intended for kids, but some folks may find a few teachable moments that they can share with their children.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.