Parents' Guide to

Made in Staten Island

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Standard reality show has tough characters, violent themes.

TV MTV Reality TV 2019
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This stereotypical series sends mixed messages when it comes to the idea of these young people trying to break free from their current ways of life. While some are pursuing an education as a way of improving their lives, others express the desire to improve but keep making poor decisions when it comes to threatening violence, fighting, street hustling, and other poor choices.

Some will recognize a few of the Made in Staten Island cast members, thanks to their appearances on other reality shows like Promposal and Mob Wives, the latter of which only serves to perpetuate common generalizations about people who live in Staten Island. The combination of all of these things makes it hard to take these young adults, or their desire to make real changes, seriously.

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