A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Words like "stupid idiot" and other names are audible. Profanity like "s--t" and "f--k" is bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Repossessed vehicles come in all makes and models, including Volkswagon Beetles, Nissan Altimas, and Ford trucks.
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.
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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