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Parents' Guide to

Great American Road Trip

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

More bickering than family bonding in cross-country contest.

TV NBC Reality TV 2009
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If you've ever been on a road trip with your own family, you know that once the novelty of the vacation wears off, there's plenty of nerve-grating drama to be had. Now imagine that same road trip with cameras at every turn and the pressure of daily competition, and you'll get a sense of the exaggerated drama in this reality series. The contestants' strong personalities and cultural differences keep things unpredictable ... and also contribute to plenty of bickering.

If a silver lining is to be found, it's in the fact that some of the families do use the opportunity to bond over the vacation of a lifetime. The show also lets viewers glimpse some lesser-known but worthwhile sites along the road less traveled. But for family viewing, the show's thin content and somewhat salty language ("ass," "freakin'," and "sucks" are common fare) make it iffy for young kids.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: July 7, 2009
  • Cast: Reno Collier
  • Network: NBC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 24, 2022

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