Parents' Guide to

Guinea Pig

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Pain and suffering in the name of science. Ouch.

TV Syfy Reality TV 2007
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The show comes with a standard disclosure, pointing out that the experiments are extremely dangerous and shouldn't be imitated. The producers shouldn't worry. Unlike the stunts on Jackass, none of Stock's tricks look even remotely fun, and it's hard to imagine that any viewers will want to follow in his footsteps.

In fact, it begs the question: Why does Stock want to do this? What does he get out of intentionally mistreating his body? For that matter, it's not clear what the viewer gets out of it either. There's not much action, just a lot of pain and shock value. The novelty wears off quickly, but the discomfort of watching Stock try to break himself lingers -- much like the welts and bruises on his body.

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