By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Sham dates send iffy messages about honesty, love.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show features folks trying to find love by lying to people about who they really are.
Positive Role Models
Some of the millionaires appear out of touch with the average person's life. The millionaires featured here are mostly men.
Violence & Scariness
Arguments sometimes break out after the truth is revealed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are references to being attracted to one another, and on occasion kissing is visible.
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Words such as "screwed" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
Car brand names such as Porsche, Audi, Peugeot, and Jeep are visible. Corona beer is featured but not prominently.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (hard liquor, beer, champagne) is visible but isn't a focus.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mystery Millionaire features wealthy people pretending to not be rich to find people to love who aren't interested in their money. The content is pretty mild, but there is some drinking, and on occasion people discuss attraction or kiss. There are iffy messages about the role of honesty in building a relationship.
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What's the Story?
MYSTERY MILLIONAIRE is a reality series featuring millionaires who temporarily give up their wealthy lifestyles in hopes of finding people who will love them for who they are and not for what they have. Each episode features a millionaire who moves into a modest home, gives up his expensive cars, and pretends to live an average lifestyle. After going on three blind dates without (hopefully) blowing his cover, he chooses the one person he thinks has real potential. After spending more time together, the truth is revealed. Follow-up segments also are offered, revealing what actually happens to the blooming relationship once the ruse is up and the cameras are off.
Is It Any Good?
Creating a false identity on a reality show isn't particularly new, but the fact that these millionaires are going out of their way to lie for purely selfish reasons makes them difficult to like. Although they aren't malicious in their intent, the fact that they justify lying to someone who doesn't have money to learn how to trust them sends troubling messages.
There are some eyebrow-raising moments, especially when these rich singles appear completely out of touch with how the average person lives. Some of these folks aren't very good at keeping their covers, either, which creates some odd tension. Overall, this series offers few positive messages about honesty, trust, or building positive relationships.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the kinds of things people do to find romance. Is lying to someone you'd like to be romantically involved with a good idea? Can any relationship be successful when people lie to each other, even if they believe they have good reasons to?
Why do you think these millionaires opted to appear on a reality show? Do you think what they're doing on this show is really to find love or to appear on TV?
- Premiere date: May 30, 2014
- Network: WE
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: June 27, 2020
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