Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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More voyeuristic reality therapy with lots of celeb drama.

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Positive Messages

Therapy, communication, respect are themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most folks are abusive, disrespectful, self-destructive.

Violence

Anger management a major problem; yelling, screaming, throwing, breaking, slapping.

Sex

Bad relationships, pregnancy, teen motherhood, abortion discussed.

Language

"Piss," "damn," "bitch"; endless bleeped cursing.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking, smoking visible; addiction a major theme. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn contains some mature topics, including relationship dysfunction, abortion, addiction, abuse, and death, that are discussed in a therapeutic but pretty sensationalist way. There's lots of yelling, strong language, and bleeped cursing, and these feuds sometimes lead to shoving, slapping, and things being thrown and broken. Smoking and drinking is sometimes visible, too.

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What's the story?

FAMILY THERAPY WITH DR. JENN is a reality series that follows celebrities and their family members as they try to work out their problems. The Couples Therapy spin-off features reality celebrities and an adult member of their family with whom they have issues. Each twosome moves into a house and undergoes intense therapy to get to the root of their problems and learn how to communicate more effectively. With the help of expert Dr. Jenn Mann and anger management expert Dr. Christian Conte, they hope to improve their relationship for their own sake and for the sake of the rest of their families.

Is it any good?

The voyeuristic series offers viewers the chance to see how reality celebs work out their tabloid-worthy problems in front of the cameras. The colorful personalities of the cast, which includes folks such as Viva La Bam's Bam Margera, I Love New York's Tiffany Pollard and Sister Patterson, and infamous exes Dina and Michael Lohan, the parents of Lindsay Lohan, only add to the spectacle.

There are some some brief moments of insight and healing, but these fail to have any significant positive impact on the overall show thanks to the yelling, violent outbursts, and other behaviors featured here. Ultimately, it's a show that's meant to be more entertaining than helpful or proactive by capitalizing on the family dysfunction that extends these folks' five minutes of fame.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reasons celebrities are willing to undergo therapy or discuss personal issues on a reality show. Why do you think they were chosen to be on the series? Can they really be helped while in front of a TV camera? Is this type of show meant to entertain or help audiences?

  • Families can also talk about their own relationships. How do you work to keep communicating? 

TV details

For kids who love reality TV

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