A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some families use this unique experience to draw closer together, and contestants form bonds that transcend racial and cultural differences. But unfortunately the series tends to focus more on the sibling squabbles and marital discord that arise from forced togetherness.
Positive Role Models
Some of the adults act more like kids than the kids do, calling each other cheaters and yelling at each other for mistakes.
Violence & Scariness
Kids roughhouse, siblings sometimes take jabs at each other, and adults argue. In one scene, a family poses with rifles for a photo.
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Frequent use of exclamations like "Oh my God" and "that sucks." One contestant often uses "freakin'" in place of a stronger but similar choice, and body part words like "butt" and "ass" are common. Anything stronger is edited.
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Products & Purchases
El Monte RVs receives mention for providing the vehicles for the show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although the competitors in this reality series are families, the show itself isn't appropriate for all ages. Although some of the families use their experience to enjoy quality bonding time, there's lots of bickering among team members (both adults and kids), as well as some no-holds-barred competition. And sometimes sparks fly because of contestants' conflicting (and often over-the-top) personalities. Sporadic salty language (mostly "ass," "freakin'," and "sucks," with stronger choices edited out) is also iffy for young kids.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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