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