By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Notorious Survivor celeb flips houses, argues, curses.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series focuses primarily on the brother's tumultuous relationship and reinforces the idea that reality TV is all about interpersonal drama. Russell's post-Survivor difficulties, including his marital problems, are briefly discussed.
Positive Role Models
Russell likes to push people around. He's not a very pleasant guy, and the fact that he gets attention for being short tempered doesn't set a great example for young viewers.
Violence & Scariness
Russell has a short temper, which usually leads to insults, arguments, and occasional pushing. One altercation with police gets him handcuffed. Dead rats are sometimes visible. Thieving is a topic in one episode.
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Words like "hell," "ass," and "crap" are common; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Ford trucks are visible, but logos not prominent. Logos for supplies like Columbia wood floors, Kwal paint, and Illuminations lamps are visible.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Flipped Off features Survivor fan favorite Russell Hantz as he flips houses, yells, argues, and curses ("s--t," "f--k" are bleeped). Logos for construction products like Columbia wood floors, Kwal paint, and Illuminations lights are prominently visible. The show includes discussions about Russell's failing marriage and some of the difficulties he faces as a reality celeb.
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What's the Story?
FLIPPED OFF features reality star Russell Hantz attempting to survive the high-stakes world of house flipping. After making a name for himself as the notorious cut-throat schemer on three seasons of Survivor, Hantz is now working with his brother Shawn to completely renovate and sell houses in Houston, Texas. With the help of broker Kristen Bredehoeft, they look for potentially easy flips that can yield them lots of cash. But the inexperienced brothers make rookie mistakes, and find themselves dealing with unexpected repairs, construction delays, and even theft. Making matters worse is Russell's struggle to cope with the changes in his life brought on by his TV appearances and celebrity status. But the two are convinced that they can make a profit, as long as they remain focused, make shrewd decisions, and are able to survive working with each other.
Is It Any Good?
Flipped Off acts as a promotional vehicle for Russell, who was a Survivor fan favorite despite villainous role on the show. Outside of Russell's temper tantrums and vague conversations about his troubled personal life, most of the show centers on the close but contentious relationship between him and his brother.
There is a minimal focus on the actual house-flipping process here, except for on the mistakes the brothers make. As a result, unless you happen to be a Russell Hantz fan or are interesting learning a bit more about what can happen after you appear on a reality competition, you probably won't find a whole lot here worth watching.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about reality shows. There's a lot of attention to paid to who wins and loses reality competitions, but what really happens to the cast once the cameras turn off and they go home? What can make the transition back to every day life difficult?
Why do you think Hantz has his own show? Is it his popularity? His notoriety? Do you think a history of negative behavior is an appropriate reason for getting a TV show?
- Premiere date: April 28, 2012
- Cast: Kristen Bredehoeft, Russell Hantz, Shawn Hantz
- Network: A&E
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: October 14, 2022
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