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Marriage Camp

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Voyeuristic show means well but isn't for kids.

TV TLC Reality TV 2007
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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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