Mother Funders

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Reality show about parent organization full of drama.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Fundraising is hard; getting along is harder. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The PTO is cliquey and status-focused. 

Violence

Endless arguing. 

Sex
Language

"Hell," "damn," "ass"; bleeped cursing. 

Consumerism

Dell computers; Apple products. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mother Funders is a reality series that allows viewers into the world of moms fundraising for their kids' school. If that sounds like a crazy premise for a TV show, you're right, but it follows the standard formula that includes lots of arguing and competitive behavior among women. There’s some iffy language ("hell," "damn," "ass"; bleeped curses), and some cigarette smoking. 

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What's the story?

MOTHER FUNDERS is a reality series featuring the dedicated members of a Georgia public school parent/teacher organization, or PTO. The small southern town of Locust Grove does what it can to help meet the financial needs of its public school, and it’s up to the PTO, headed by Carla Stephens, to provide the fundraising leadership necessary to accomplish its goals. While Carla; her vice president, Shayzon Prince; and her secretary, LaShon Thompson enjoy the prestige and power they believe running the organization gives them, others, such as volunteer coordinator Amber Bryant (who happens to be married to former NFL player Fernando Bryant), know they're really there thanks to their connections to wealthy donors. Rounding out the group is new member Amber Coulter, who feels like a fish out of water, and Robin Dyke, who has a difficult time negotiating Carla’s passionate-but-autocratic leadership style. Their focus is supposed to be on improving their kids’ public education, but somehow these moms manage to make it all about them. 

Is it any good?

The series offers a voyeuristic look into the small world of the Locust Grove parent/teacher organization, which many of its members treat like the biggest, most important thing in their (and everyone else's) lives. It also highlights how membership to groups such as this one potentially offers moms some status within the community, as well as a chance to socialize with people other than their children. 

Though there's no doubt that parent/teacher organizations across the country attempt to support their schools in positive ways, this shows' focus on the cliquey, immature behavior among women makes it difficult to take the kind of work they do seriously. But if you’re only looking for some typical and superficial reality fare, this show fits the bill. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about PTOs. What is their primary function? How do schools benefit from having them? 

  • What messages does this show send about professional relationships among women? Are the presentations here stereotypical? Or are they unique? 

TV details

For kids who love reality

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