Parents' Guide to

Miss Seventeen

By Caroline Gates-Shannon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Well-meaning show with the usual reality TV drama.

TV MTV Reality TV 2005
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Every week the girls are broken into teams to compete against one another in tasks usually involving creating magazine layouts. In the first episode, the seventeen contestants are whittled down to ten, and in each episode that follows one more is eliminated. Unbeknownst to the girls, they are constantly being filmed, and Seventeen's editor-in-chief, Atoosa Rubenstein, can see how they behave at all times. This fact is only revealed to them once they are eliminated. The reasoning behind this is that a girl's personality and ability to get along with others are just as important as her accomplishments.

Although Miss Seventeen has a lot in common with America's Next Top Model, the criteria for winning this contest goes far deeper than physical appearance. That being said, like most reality shows, Miss Seventeen does reduce the contestants to "characters" and seems more interested in promoting its sponsors and playing up the drama, rather than celebrating the young women's accomplishments. Young girls and teens are sure to be drawn to this show. Parents might want to downplay the forced narrative aspect of the program and instead emphasize the contestants' ambition and accomplishments.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: October 17, 2005
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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