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Parents' Guide to

Jon & Kate Plus 8

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Twins and sextuplets keep real-life parents hopping.

TV TLC Reality TV 2007
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 30 parent reviews

age 17+


obozavam you have excellent
age 8+

So sick of this show..

I'm sick of it. everytime this is on I'll change my channel right away. I don't know why TLC is keeping this program.. So sick of it..Please take it off..

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (30 ):
Kids say (34 ):

We can't imagine why kids would want to see this show. But we can see how parents might get some enjoyment out of it, since they can relate to many of the issues Jon and Kate face (if on a slightly smaller scale). But some parents may be turned off by the frequently snide comments that Kate makes about Jon, both in his presence and out of it. ("He takes longer to get ready than I do, and that's really irritating," or "Can you please help me instead of playing with toys?") Her seeming negativity, while understandable in her situation, often becomes the focal point of the show, and young viewers won't fully understand the stresses that lead the adults to talk to and about each other the way they do.

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