Maximum Exposure

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Jackass meets Funniest Home Videos.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

This show is all about laughing at others' expense. Some segments include behavior that borders on animal cruelty.


Some people do things like crash cars, setting them on fire, while performing a stunt. Others bait or taunt animals or otherwise put themselves in harm's way.


Some fairly mild sexual innuendo.


"Jerk" and "creep" are as bad as it gets.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series features clips of people doing often bizarre, dangerous stunts -- which they're then mocked for, courtesy of the narrator's snarky comments. While most of the people in the clips don't get hurt, parents might want to remind young viewers that it's not OK to try any of this at home.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJEDI micah February 5, 2013

I used to be a fanatic of this show!

It has been almost 5 years since I've seen this show! But now that it doesn't air anymore, I really don't care anymore (Hey, that rhymed!). It is... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byAndrewcoleman May 1, 2020

What's the story?

In MAXIMUM EXPOSURE, viewers get a close-up look at outrageous stunts and funny video clips from around the world. Each episode features video footage -- which usually looks like home movies -- of seemingly regular people doing extraordinary things. Just a few examples: a man stands in a car's roof window, trying to pry a stuck wheel from a plane flying above; a woman whose parking space was "stolen" lets the air out of the tires of the car that got the spot; a man eats live snakes in a Saudi Arabian desert; and a pair of mountain climbers performs synchronized dance moves off the side of a mountain. As each clip plays, narrator Cam "Buzz" Brainard makes sarcastic, snide remarks at the expense of the people performing the stunts, sort of like the host does on America's Funniest Home Videos (it's not all that funny here, either). For example, after the mountain climbers' segment ended, Brainard said, "We like the other kind of horizontal dancing better."

Is it any good?

Older tweens are the audience most likely to get a kick out of Maximum Exposure, and it seems like the show is geared toward that age group. The good news is that while the segments can sometimes be gross, they're not sexual in nature, and the language doesn't really get stronger than Brainard calling the featured stuntpeople "jerk" or "creep." The bad news? Like a junior version of Jackass, this show is filled with outlandish stunts that no kids should try at home -- a fact that they may need to be reminded of.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about taking risks. When is risk-taking a good idea, and when should you play it safe? How do the people doing the stunts on this show protect themselves? What are some examples of day-to-day risks we take? What's the downside of never taking risks at all? Families can also discuss how they feel about humor at others' expense. Is it funny to laugh at people when they make mistakes? Why or why not?

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