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By Elisabeth Chaney, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Goal-oriented reality TV with a happy ending.

TV MTV Reality TV 2002
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 11+

This is a great show!

This Drama is EXCELLENT! It is has great voice acting,great scripts,and it is EXTREMELY action packed!
age 6+

Good show

I have been watching this show since I was like ten or eleven back years ago..I honesty think this sends positive messages for teens. Good show.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Whether or not you and your kids are fans of reality television, if you enjoy a good success story, you'll get something out of this series. For middle school kids, it offers a realistic view of what life in high school could be like for all different types of students, both popular and not. And all kids will get the message that if you want to reach a goal, you must work hard for it -- the show doesn't gloss over the sacrifices one must make in order to achieve success.

A departure from most reality television programs, MADE is narrated by the goal-setter, and is presented as if you're watching his or her video journal. Despite this difference, the show is very formulaic like most reality shows: the goal is laid out, a life coach is introduced, and the goal-setter goes through up and downs, and finally there is a "MADE Moment" where the student performs to applause, compliments, and, ultimately, success. Knowing that every time you watch you'll get a happy ending makes MADE a feel-good show with just enough tension to keep you engaged the entire hour. Who knows -- maybe it will inspire your kids to set a goal and go after it.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: April 22, 2002
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • Character Strengths: Perseverance
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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