Parents' Guide to

Meet the Barkers

By Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

The Barkers are so normal that they're boring.

TV MTV Reality TV 2005
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While the shattering of stereotypes is the point of the show, its editors actually do too good of a job of proving that the "model" and the "rockstar" are actually just normal -- they're downright dull. Mundane activities make up most of the episodes; Travis tours with his band and Shanna fears he's partying -- until we see Travis sitting on a curb, staring blankly at his bandmate in the middle of the afternoon. Shanna goes to the doctor for baby updates, and is often shown lying around in bed. Their young kids are often seen in the background, but aren't usually the focus of the episodes.

As slow as the show can seem, it's worth noting that Meet the Barkers is fairly harmless compared to much of what airs on MTV and shows kids that being a celebrity isn't as glamorous as it seems. At a time when society is obsessed with famous people, this isn't a bad message for teens to absorb.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: April 6, 2005
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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