Parents' Guide to

My Dysfunctional Family

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Family fixer reality seems well-intentioned, but intense.

TV CMT Reality TV 2014
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From temporarily throwing family members into jail, to offering kids a constructive outlet through going to a boxing gym, Dave Vitalli mixes tough love, heartfelt conversations with individual family members, and family workshops, to help parents and kids begin resolving the issues that are impacting their families. Throughout it all, he shares his thoughts about what he believes are the problems and the ways that they can be fixed.

It's hard to tell whether or not some of these tactics will make a difference in the long-term, given that they are happening in front of cameras, and that the families being featured volunteered to be on a reality show. Meanwhile, while Vitalli is well-intentioned, his lack of professional therapeutic training makes you wonder if his interventions are actually useful. But his passion for mentoring troubled kids is apparent, and there are some important lessons to be learned here.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: July 6, 2014
  • Cast: Dave Vitalli
  • Network: CMT
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 26, 2022

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