Operation Repo

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Car repo docu is full of conflict, unlikable characters.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 5 reviews

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Positive Messages

The series' tendency to highlight confrontation and angry altercations overshadows any positive take-away viewers might get about appreciating the challenges of the reposession team's job.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While the idea is to portray those who don't pay their bills as being deadbeat and out of control when their cars are repossessed, the repossession team members themselves often come across as rude, arrogant, and crass.


Frequent shouting, arguing, pushing, and shoving between car owners and the people repossessing the cars. The repossessors are quick to squirt pepper spray into the eyes of the car owners when they angrily resist the repossession and/or refuse to hand over the keys. Sometimes owners retaliate.


Words like “stupid idiot” and other names are audible. Profanity like “s--t” and “f--k”  is bleeped.


Repossessed vehicles come in all makes and models, including Volkswagon Beetles, Nissan Altimas, and Ford trucks. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series -- which follows a repossession team as they reclaim  vehicles -- features frequent loud, angry confrontations between the vehicle owners and the folks repossessing the vehicles. Many of the altercations result in insult hurling (with curse words like “s--t” and “f--k” bleeped), pushing, shoving, and pepper spray being squirted in people’s faces. While the show is intended to portray the "deadbeat" vehicle owners in a negative light, the repossession team often comes across as equally unlikable thanks to their rude, arrogant behavior.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLeeLee66 April 16, 2021

Fresh Mouth

As many times as I watched Operation Repo, I must say, as a Latina myself, I'm appalled at Lyndah Pizarro's behavior, despicable towards her family an... Continue reading
Adult Written byjulioreyes64 February 9, 2013


They have this show on channel 47 and its awful. They can't Spanish nor English that well. Waste of space on channel 47.
Teen, 15 years old Written byScreennameGirl April 21, 2013

Hardly Entertaining

This isn't a great show. Repossession workers attempt to repossess vehicles from angry owners. Violent fights often happen. There are fist fights, pepper s... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byhockeyguy August 18, 2012

The Worst!

Operation Repo is just one of those reality shows were it is just nonstop fighting and swearing.

What's the story?

In OPERATION REPO, cameras follow a repossession team as they take ownership of cars, boats, and other items away from owners who haven’t kept up with their payments. Former Marine Lou Pizarro leads the group -- which consists of his flamboyant sister Sonia, daughter Lyndah, and repo staffers Matt Burch and Froylan Tercero. Each episode captures the group's confrontations with angry owners as they try to reclaim possession of the various vehicles and leave as quickly as possible.

Is it any good?

Operation Repo attempts to point out the occupational hazards that folks in the repossession business face as a matter of course when doing their work. But the show's real focus is on the outlandish behavior of the people whose vehicles are being taken away. The equally rude -- and sometimes violent -- behavior that members of Pizarro’s team exhibit while on the job doesn't do much to help.

Although the series claims to capture real events, some of the behavior here is so outlandish (and the presence of the cameras so obvious) that it's difficult to believe that some of it isn’t being performed for dramatic purposes. Meanwhile, neither the repossession team nor the people they deal with are in any way likable. Some folks may find this kind of thing funny to watch, but overall the show offers nothing more than a Jerry Springer-like picture of repossession work.

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