A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show uses cash as the sole motivator for losing weight. There's no discussion about having a positive body image and/or healthy ways to lose weight.
Positive Role Models
Some of the contestants are committed to losing weight, while others appear to be more interested in being on a reality show. There's a good bit of interpersonal drama among them. The contestants are a fairly diverse group.
Violence & Scariness
Contestants are often shown arguing, yelling, and screaming at each other.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In one episode, contestants are shown licking alcohol off of one another's bodies. One contestant takes off his shorts in the pool (no visible nudity). Some of the men wear thongs when going into the pool. Constant references to "balls."
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The word "bitch" is audible, while those like "s--t," "f--k," and "c--t" are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The teams have to resist the temptation of raiding the house's well-stocked liquor cabinet. Some of the competitors are occasionally shown drinking tequila shots, beer, wine, and champagne. On one occasion a contestant drinks to the point of throwing up.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this weight-loss competition series uses money as the contestants' major motivator for losing weight -- factors related to long-term, healthy weight loss aren't the point here. The language can get pretty strong (words like "s--t," "f--k," and "c--t" are bleeped), and there's plenty of sexual innuendo, verbal arguments, and drinking (many participate, and at least one cast member gets drunk). And, like many weight-loss shows, the series sets very unrealistic goals when it comes losing large amounts of weight within a short period of time.
Is It Any Good?
The series, which is hosted by Dan Cortese, features the over-the-top exercise routines and unrealistic weight-loss expectations we've come to expect from similar types of shows. And in this case, because the contestants are using their own money as a motivator for losing weight, they seem driven more by greed than by a genuine desire to shed some pounds.
Some of the more eccentric teams' antics -- like weird dancing and head shaving -- are funny, but they usually come accompanied by strong language, arguing, and drinking. Folks who like this sort of thing may find it entertaining, but overall the series fails to offer any real weight-loss inspiration.
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