Parents' Guide to

Parking Wars

By Scout Davidson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Reality show about parking is OK for teens but not exciting.

TV A&E Reality TV 2008
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Parking Wars isn't exactly a terrible show, but it's hard to love a program that celebrates the folks who give out parking tickets. Viewers can either root for the drivers -- who frequently display pretty bad behavior in the face of getting a ticket (or worse, having their car towed away) -- or the ticketers and tow-truck drivers, who often act like they're outraged over why people could possibly be upset with them just for doing their jobs. Which, on the face of it, is accurate; still, it's tough to empathize with a civil servant behind bulletproof glass who crankily forces a customer to wait in line after line and then makes sarcastic cracks to the camera about what a pain those customers can be.

Although the show is somewhat tedious -- especially for adults who've experienced this kind of thing in real life -- and no one on either side really comes out smelling like a rose, teens who are just getting ready to become drivers might learn some valuable lessons about the real world from watching.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 8, 2008
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: August 30, 2022

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