Home Sweet Home

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Family swap show focuses on common ground; has language.

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Stands out for diverse representations.

Positive Messages

Highlights how people from different backgrounds, cultures, communities, and life experiences can still have a lot in common. Family, love, respect, and experiencing new things are themes. Issues like racism, bigotry, and unconscious bias are referenced, but not discussed in detail.

Positive Role Models

Families are positive about the experience, and try to respect and embrace each other's similarities and differences. 

Diverse Representations

The families are from diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. Same-sex parents are also featured. The show fails to fully address how unconscious bias quietly surfaces in different ways during each experience.

Violence

Concerns about bigotry are subtly raised but not fully addressed. 

Sex
Language

Expressions like "oh my God" and "dang" are used. Words like "piss" are very occasionally audible, but anything stronger is fully bleeped. 

Consumerism

GMC trucks are sometimes visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Home Sweet Home features families from different walks of life swapping homes (and lives) in order to learn more about the other family and themselves. There's some occasional strong words and bleeped language, and issues like racism and bigotry are superficially addressed. However, overall series is designed to send a positive message about the ability to find common ground among people who are different. Logos for GMC vehicles are visible.

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What's the story?

From Ava DuVernay comes HOME SWEET HOME, a reality series that features families trading homes and experiencing different ways of life. Each episode focuses on two families of different backgrounds who don't know each other moving into each other's abodes for a few days. They take part in each other's daily routines, and interact with their families, friends, and neighbors. They also can participate in their hobbies and other activities. After four days, the families come together to share what they've learned, including those things they unexpectedly have in common.

Is it any good?

The mild series offers viewers an hour of watching families participate in a social experiment designed to see how people can find common ground despite their differences. As the families participate in pre-planned activities that offers more insight into each other's lives, they are excited to learn more about the people they've traded homes with. They also share what they are learning about themselves. These are positive things, but Home Sweet Home glosses over the uncomfortable but important conversations about unconscious bias, and it fails to fully address how this quietly surfaces in different ways during each experience. If you can get past this, you'll find a feel-good show that offers some hope for bridging the gap between people from different communities.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different lessons the families learned while participating in the series. Were they surprised about what they had in common? What other things surprised them?

  • How does Home Sweet Home address people's different experiences because of race, ethnicity, religion, or family structure? How do participants respond to these differences?

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