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My Strange Addiction

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

OCD docuseries is more voyeuristic than informative.

TV TLC Reality TV 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Funny sometimes but also sad might give kids nightmares

Ok, one episode I’ve seen was so funny I literally fell off my couch laughing, that one is, drumroll please.... I wanna be a couch It was ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS but the other ones were sad like addicted to eating bricks. Some were somewhat inappropriate such as a man who was in a sexual relationship with a car. Just depends on the episode
age 18+

Self Harm I

This show is so disturbing to me, I can't believe it's on the air. My close friend have an 11 year old who secretly watched it and started self harming. It may the show, but an child with issues may think that the behaviour is interesting and try it. I truly can't believe it's rated pg.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (10 ):

The series takes a superficial look at some people's disturbing and dangerous obsessions that have the potential to mutilate their bodies and/or potentially kill them. It also features conversations with concerned friends and family members who mean well, but are unable to offer the support needed to curb their behavior.

Brief interviews and meetings with therapists reveal the importance of dealing with compulsive behaviors, but the series doesn't offer a lot of detail about the actual compulsions or what leads to them. As a result, the images of people engaging in these behaviors seem more voyeuristic than educational.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: December 29, 2010
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: November 5, 2022

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