Pimp My Ride

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Junky cars get dissed, then fixed. Iffy for teens.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 17 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Women are treated a bit as "other," since the custom car world is a man's world. There's a strong message that a good-looking car makes a person more valuable. Younger viewers will wonder what a pimp is, and those who know what it is get the message that it's a good thing.


Bleeped-out words are obvious and copious.


It goes without saying that the West Coast Custom's and GAS (Galpin Auto Sports) shops are getting lots of publicity here. "Thank you, MTV, for pimping my ride," is also heard as a result of the improvements. The car brand names and often the stereos, speakers, flat screen TVs, and DVD players are mentioned and shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that despite its relatively mature content, this series targets kids and teens, many of whom aren't even old enough to get a driver's license. There are some definite role model issues here that you might want to discuss (the host actively makes fun of people's property). And there's also the issue of the expectations that the show raises -- implying that additions such as DVD players, high-end sound systems, flat screen TVs, speakers, 20-inch rims, and video game systems are necessary if you want a cool ride.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byV O May 20, 2012

Another MTV show centerd fully on materialism

As much as I like the idea of helping out people, these cars get very ridiculous. I've honestly only seen a few episodes and can't wrap my head around... Continue reading
Parent Written byPlague February 26, 2010

Pimp my Ride

A very addicting show to watch. They certainly know what they're doing.
Teen, 16 years old Written byevolinag November 2, 2012

Simple, and unoriginal. Some language.

"Pimp My Ride" is a Reality TV show on MTV, in which cars are getting fixed.
Being aired on MTV, "Pimp My Ride" aims at teenagers, especiall... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byBigbillyboy September 27, 2012

Yeah,and I thought CSM would stop being overprotective when I agreed with them on Allen Gregory!

OK,just because Pimp My Ride isn't for kid,dosn't mean it's bad! It's extremely funny to be honest!

What's the story?

PIMP MY RIDE is an MTV reality show that focuses on beautifying cars. In each episode host Xzibit arrives at a car owner's house to \"confiscate\" their car and head back to his detail shop for a makeover. Though many of these participants seem to only be just scraping by financially, Xzibit and his crew trick out their cars to help improve the driver's self-confidence and image around town.

Is it any good?

The show focuses on the materialism that our car-centric culture has created. But it does so in an entertaining manner -- in no small way as a result of host Xzibit's keen sense of humor. Pimp My Ride doesn't attempt to be more than it is. It's a reality show about beautifying cars, and that is what it's all about here --California style. Overall, while it's not the worst offender in reality world, there are much better things your kids could be doing with their time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the show's underlying messages. Does a good-looking car make a person more valuable? Does the series aim to help people who are in dire need? What about the use of the word "pimp" as a positive description? Does this change the meaning or connotation of the term?

TV details

  • Premiere date: March 4, 2004
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: DVD, Streaming
  • Last updated: October 17, 2020

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