Parents' Guide to

My Own

By Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Confusing messages from the cult of celeb worship.

TV MTV Game Shows 2006
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My Own takes celebrity worship to a new low. Not only does it emphasize the importance of appearance, but it goes a step farther and rewards those who happen to resemble someone famous. This is a damaging message to tweens and teens, who are forming their identity and ideas about how dating works -- they're already under enough pressure to look good, but now they need to look like a celebrity too? What ever happened to individuality? The show also offers the confusing idea that the best way to show you're a fan is to date someone who reminds you of your idol...huh?

Aside from the dubious messages it sends, My Own is simply boring. The songs and pop stars have been seen on MTV videos, celebrity magazines, and award shows plenty of times. This show seems like a tired attempt to revive some stars (Justin Timberlake for example) who have since moved on in their career. If teens have a favorite idol, encourage them to take up a similar hobby -- singing, dancing, or playing a musical instrument. It's fine to admire a pop star, but dating someone just because they look like one is just silly.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 2, 2006
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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