A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series underscores the idea that goals and dreams can come true, but not without hard work, perserverance, and commitment. Success is also measured by how much a person has improved.
Positive Role Models
The kids featured here sometimes get frustrated during the process and sometimes want to give up, but they ultimately keep at it.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Crushes are discussed, but nothing sexual.
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Occasional instances of "ass," and some bleeped words.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know MADE is an MTV documentary series. There's occasional minor profanity or some bleeped words. Crushes are discussed, but there's no sexual content. Kids are sometimes teased, but it's made clear that this sort of behavior isn't acceptable.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.