Odd Folks Home

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Unusual folks show off their unique, macabre collections.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series celebrates the unique, odd, and macabre.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some of the collectors seem odd or creepy, but ultimately what they do makes them happy, and isn't intended to harm other people.

Violence

People are shown painting with their own blood, creating/using items that can electrocute, and other potentially dangerous activities; audiences are warned not to try them at home. Items, including human skulls and taxidermied animals with shocking characteristics, range from weird looking to gruesome and/or scary.

Sex

Very occasional references to a genitals; paintings sometimes feature deconstructed naked forms.

Language

Words like "hell" are occasionaly audible.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the reality spinoff Odd Folks Home features eccentric people and their unique collections and hobbies, some of which may be disturbing to young or sensitive viewers. Some of the collections feature dead animals, human skulls, and images that reflect the occult. Art work sometimes features naked forms, and references are sometimes made to genitals. Audiences are warned not to try some of the activities, like painting with human blood and building machines that can potentially cause harm (like releasing electric shocks).

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What's the story?

ODD FOLKS HOME, a spinoff of the reality series Oddities, features the homes of some of the most eccentric clients who frequent New York City's Obscura Antiques & Oddities store. Hosted by Edgar Oliver, the show allows these favorite customers to showcases their collections, including stuffed hamsters with two heads, a Thomas Edison shrine featuring old phonographs, and even a suit made out of plastic spoons. They also showcase some of one-of-a-kind hobbies, including making items from dead animals collected from highways, collecting belly button lint, and painting pictures with human blood. It's pretty weird, but the odder it is, the happier these collectors are.

Is it any good?

Odd Folks Home contributes to the Oddities franchise by showcasing some of the morbid -- but potentially valuable -- collections that people have invested in over the years. But the real fun of the show comes from looking into the homes of the eccentric collectors, some who enjoy converting what people usually deem as ugly or frightening into something they consider to be an expressive work of art.

The show succeeds at highlighting some of the more interesting and unique aspects of this subculture. It offers some history about some of these items, as well as the culture it reflects, too. But it certainly isn't for everyone, and some viewers may find what they see here disturbing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about collectors and collections. What inspires people to start a collection? Does an item have to have a high market value in order to be worth collecting?  What is the difference between collecting and hoarding?

  • How does the media depict people who seem very different from the average person? Why do you think the people on this show have agreed to be on TV?

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