TV review by
Elisabeth Chaney, Common Sense Media
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Goal-oriented reality TV with a happy ending.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 13 reviews

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Positive messages

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 & representations

The kids featured here sometimes get frustrated during the process and sometimes want to give up, but they ultimately keep at it.


Crushes are discussed, but nothing sexual.


Occasional instances of "ass," and some bleeped words.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

Parent Written byPlague February 8, 2010


A cool show for tweens and teens. Sends a nice possitive message to go for your dreams, and be what you want to be.
Adult Written byaquaA1992 March 29, 2012

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.
Kid, 12 years old March 4, 2011

good role models

i like this show. the trainers are all really good role models. but not for 6 under bcuz there is some cursing.
Teen, 16 years old Written bymocklngbird December 8, 2010

Setting goals for yourself

At first I didn't really like the whole "being made into a different person" idea, since you should really just stick to being yourself. But I sa... Continue reading

What's the story?

In MADE, MTV chooses an ordinary high school student who has a dream or goal such as "I want to be a pageant queen" or "I want to be a standup comedian." The teen gets a life coach to help him or her learn the new trade and a little over a month to achieve it. At the end of the allotted time period, a "coming out" is held where the young man or woman tests out his or her newfound skills in front of an audience of peers, almost always with great success.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether or not it's realistic for the teens on MADE to learn a new skill in a month's time. Would these kids be able to achieve their dreams without their life coaches?

  • They could also talk about how the teens are initially treated, and then how they're treated after their goal is achieved. How does confidence and self-esteem play a role here?

  • How do the teens on MADE demonstrate perseverance? Why is this an important character strength?

TV details

  • Premiere date: April 22, 2002
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • Character strengths: Perseverance
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming

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