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Parents' Guide to

Mama's Boys of the Bronx

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sexism, stereotypes mix with family loyalty in docuseries.

TV TLC Reality TV 2012
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Bad show overall

Look at indulged men who aged out of momma's house years ago! Thank God they aren't married and having children!
age 18+

Dont bother watching another reality show about spoiled grown men!

Is this really what we want 30 somehing men living at home having there parents still taking care of them.. What kind of message are you sending to your kids!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The show takes a light-hearted and voyeuristic look at the lives of Italian-American mammonis, specific men of Italian heritage in their 30s and 40s who are employed, successful, attractive, and who proudly remain dependent on their mothers to take care of them until they choose to get married. It also reveals how their mothers (and other parental figures) reinforce this dependency by their desire to have them live at home, and by cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry for them.

What is presented here may appear comical or troubling to some viewers, but it is a lifestyle that has its historical roots in older, more traditional Italian values that encouraged children to remain at home until they got married. It is also one that reinforces the importance of family, as well as largely sexist attitudes about men and women. It's somewhat interesting, and certainly offers an entertaining look at this distinctive segment of the Italian-American community.

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