A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series features the art of being crude, rude, and disgusting as entertainment.
Positive Role Models
The guys constantly taunt, insult, and fight with each other, as well as make fun of others.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of personal injuries (mostly mild, but not always) from the stunts the guys put themselves through. What often starts out as play-fighting can turn pretty intense/painful. Their goal seems to be to bash each other as often and as forecefully as possible (with the assistance of heavy machinery, if possible).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Anything crude is played up. Bare butts are glimpsed, and the guys often make fake thrusting movements and grab themselves. Sophomoric behavior and comments are the norm.
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Plenty of fairly mild swearing (harsher words, like "f--k," are bleeped) and coarse, rough language among the show's posse.
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Products & Purchases
Products and signage show up mostly in the background.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some stunts are so far out there seems no other explanation for why the participants do them except for booze. Some to-dos are predicated on bring drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this show glorifies the art of being crude, rude, and disgusting. The participants stop at nothing when it comes to taking on stunts; the more cringe-worthy, the better. They frequently put themselves at risk of physical danger and are always taunting each other and putting each other down. Adults who have the sense not to try the stunts for themselves (and don't mind watching people painfully make idiots of themselves) may get some laughs, but for kids, this is shock TV at its worst.
Is It Any Good?
If this show were to have another title, it probably ought to be Men Behaving Badly. Or insanely. Or both. In short, Jackass makes no bones about appealing to the adolescent boy in everyone -- and in many ways, it's brilliant at what it does: hooking viewers.
Jackass certainly isn't everyone's cup of tea. In fact, it's probably not advisable viewing for anyone under 15, considering the strong language, nudity, and general craziness. Most kids are much too young and much too impressionable to filter through it all and appreciate the laughs without mimicking the guys' sometimes-dangerous audacity. And no one wants to have their teenager chased down by guard dogs simply because they're trying to replicate what they see on TV.
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