A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series shows how controlled exposure therapy can help people get over their animal phobias. It also underscores the idea that these phobias are often a result of deeper psychological issues, and not about the animal.
Positive Role Models
Dr. Zasio pushes her patients, but is also very kind and polite in her approach. Some of her clients are often confused and/or amused by other clients' phobias.
Violence & Scariness
Some of these phobias are a result of witnessing animal attacks or other violent events. Many of the clients react angrily to Dr. Zasio. One scene shows a mouse being fed to a snake; another shows a client vomiting out of fear.
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Words like "hell" and "piss" are audible; lots of bleeped profanity ( "s--t," "f--k" ) is uttered from extremely frightened participants.
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Products & Purchases
Dr. Zasio's is the director of the Anxiety Treatment Center of Sacramento. Apple computers are visible, but the logos are covered.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series, which features people with crippling animal phobias receiving exposure treatment to overcome their fears, includes intense scenes where clients cry, yell, swear (the strongest words bleeped), vomit, etc. The show contains plenty of references to past violent encounters with animals. Sensitive viewers may find some of the scenes disturbing. Viewers of all ages are reminded not to try any of the therapeutic techniques featured here on their own.
Is It Any Good?
Some folks may find people's over-the-top reactions to tiny spiders or pit bull puppies ridiculous and humorously entertaining, but these moments also demonstrate how the physical and/or emotional impact of a traumatic event involving an animal can interfere with people's day-to-day lives for years. They also show how difficult these fears can be to conquer, and how emotional the process of overcoming them can be.
It's voyeuristic, but it also shows the courage that program participants have when confronting what they fear the most. Meanwhile, animal lovers will appreciate the show's underlying message, which is that these phobias are not the animal's fault at all.
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