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The series is voyeuristic, but it focuses on helping people learn ways to improve their marriage. Neither Carroll or Bishop are medical doctors or licensed therapists. Most of the featured therapeutic exercises are nontraditional. The show brings up a variety of marital problems (infidelity, anger management, etc.) but focuses mostly on how to resolve and get past these issues. The leaders and the majority of camp participants are Caucasian.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent arguments between spouses. Some have a history of domestic violence. Some discussion about military veterans coping after returning from Iraq.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussions about infidelity, sexual dissatisfaction, and pornography.
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Language includes words like "damn" and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
The series promotes the Marriage Camp Program.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some episodes discuss the negative impact of drug and alcohol abuse on marriage.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- which follows couples in crisis as they attend a nontraditional marriage-counseling boot camp -- focuses on healing and problem solving and isn't intended to be exploitative. But watching the couples as they discuss (and argue over) everything from infidelity and domestic violence to porn addiction and substance abuse definitely has some voyeuristic qualities.
Is It Any Good?
The show brings up a variety of mature/sensitive topics, including infidelity, pornography addiction, domestic violence, and substance abuse. But unlike other couples' therapy shows -- such as Decision House -- Marriage Camp doesn't go into a lot of detail about these issues. Instead, it shows people trying get past them. Yet, while the show's focus is on healing -- rather than exploiting -- the pain that these couples are experiencing, it's still uncomfortably voyeuristic. Participants are shown confronting painfully intimate issues in a very public setting. Adding to the discomfort are their video diaries, which reveal their candid feelings about their marriage and their spouses.
The series' subject matter alone, even without the gory details, makes the show a bad fit for tweens and younger teens (of course, chances are they won't be clamoring to view it anyway -- unless they find people talking and crying to be good entertainment). But it might appeal to adults who are interested in learning about relationship building and problem-solving tools that fall outside of mainstream therapy.
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