A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that in this self-improvement reality series, '80s action star Mr. T helps real people who are struggling with family, work, and relationship problems -- many of which are rooted in laziness and failed communication. Parents also need to know that while the show doesn't present these issues in a way that's particularly controversial or extremely contentious, the subject matter isn't really geared toward younger viewers. That said, some kids may be drawn in by Mr. T's icon status, and the show is fine for older tweens and up.
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What's the story?
I PITY THE FOOL is an amusing reality show that reminds viewers that positive attitudes, family unity, good communication, and a strong work ethic still go a long way in making the world a better place. The series stars Mr. T, who's best known for his role as tough-talking, gold-chains-wearing B.A. Baracus on the classic 1980s action series The A-Team. Fifteen years later, his mission is simple: Help people change their foolish behavior in order to live better lives. Now older and wiser (and quite devout as well), Mr. T makes it clear that he's not a therapist, but he does his best to resolve the many conflicts that arise between families, friends, co-workers, and clients. Whether it's enriching the work ethic at a car dealership or improving the deteriorating relationship between a father and his family, Mr. T is ready to offer assistance and dispense his unique brand of advice.
Is it any good?
The downside of this show is that it tends to oversimplify the subjects' problems and their solutions, and Mr. T's trademark "jibber jabber" (fast-talking slang) is dated. But both the show and its host/narrator offer some amusing moments. More importantly, the values this show promotes are both positive and sensible; it's nice to see someone (even Mr. T) holding people accountable for their off-putting behavior.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about their own problems with family members, friends, or co-workers -- and ways to deal with these issues. Could any be improved through better communication? What are some other ways of resolving conflicts? Families can also talk about favorite action heroes. Even though they can "fix" the problems on television, are they really good sources of advice? Why do you think Mr. T was chosen to host this show?