Make My Day

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Upbeat hidden-camera show will leave a smile on your face.

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Positive messages

Good people are rewarded with a great day. What could be better? There's obviously some deception involved in the show's premise, but it's all meant well and in good fun.

Positive role models & representations

The participants chosen to receive their special day are being recognized for being good, kind people who give back to their community.

Violence
Sex

Occasional mild sexual innuendo, including references to "hot women." One participant claims that he's “straight” after getting a compliment from a man.

Language

Occasional profanity like “s--t” and “f--k” (usually uttered by surprised participants) is fully bleeped.

Consumerism

Actors, athletes, musicians, and other celebs are occasionally featured, including Lil' Jon,  NY Giants star Amani Toomer, and The Sopranos’ Vincent Pastore.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this upbeat hidden-camera series about people who've been “set up” by friends and family to have one of the best days of their lives is age-appropriate for families of tweens and up to watch together. Expect a few mildly off-color jokes and the occasional bleeped swear word when participants are caught off-guard, but that's about the extent of the iffy stuff.

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What's the story?

MAKE MY DAY offers unsuspecting -- but very deserving -- people the best day of their life. In each episode, hidden cameras follow the “victim” as he or she cluelessly navigates a series of wonderful events that has been carefully pre-planned. From receiving exclusive concert tickets for helping a stranded stranger to meeting their favorite athletes, actors, and musicians, each moment of the day is packed with great surprises. At the end of it all, the truth is revealed.

Is it any good?

This feel-good show is a positive alternative for reality or hidden-camera show fans. The people selected to receive the fantasy days come across as likable and deserving of their reward, and it's fun to watch them get excited about all of the great things that are happening to them.

Although there's some bleeped profanity (mostly uttered by surprised but happy participants), overall this is the kind of reality show that's really worth watching.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what your own special fantasy day might consist of. Is there anyone you'd really want to meet or anything specific  you'd want to do or see?

  • Do you know anyone who deserves to have their own day made? What could you do to make that happen, with or without celebrity participation?

TV details

  • Premiere date: August 5, 2009
  • Network: TV Land
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • Character strengths: Gratitude
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming

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