Operation Repo

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Car repo docu is full of conflict, unlikable characters.

What parents need to know

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

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.

Violence

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.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

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

Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY

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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TV details

Cast:Lou Pizarro, Lyndah Pizarro, Sonia Pizarro
Network:truTV
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byjulioreyes64 February 9, 2013

Awful.

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 spraying, wrestling fights, tasers, guns, knives, and many more violent situations and tools. People try to hurt and swear at each other. Many curse words are audible, but major ones are bleeped out. On top of all that, this show is extremely boring.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
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 other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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