Parents' Guide to

Oprah's Big Give

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Charity-minded series puts heart in reality TV.

TV ABC Reality TV 2008
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The good news is that this series puts some heart into the typically selfish, back-biting world of reality TV. The focus here is on helping others, and it's clear from the get-go that the competitors are excited and driven to do what they can to better the lives of those they're assigned to help. And since the monetary prize is kept secret until the series' end, there's no reason to doubt the participants' dedication to the cause.

On the flipside, though, it can be disappointing to watch contestants' best charitable efforts deemed inadequate by the judges, and kids who don't grasp the full nature of the show may be confused by the elimination process. Plus, some of the stories of hardship (losing a loved one, surviving war, and being homeless, for example) may also be difficult for very young or sensitive viewers to understand, so be sure you're ready to answer any questions they have.

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