Pimp My Ride

Common Sense Media says

Junky cars get dissed, then fixed. Iffy for teens.

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What parents need to know

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.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language

Bleeped-out words are obvious and copious.

Consumerism

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
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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

Network:MTV
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 17 years old Written byKoOkYMoNsTa234 April 9, 2008
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ammazing

awesome show, nothing wrong with it
Teen, 16 years old Written byevolinag November 2, 2012
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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, especially the "hip hop crowd". You can hear this from the language that is used and the music that is played. Since MTV is not anymore a Music Television only, it tries to entertain the target group. They do so by making a lot of Reality TV, like "The Real World" or the more current show "Jersey Shore". However, this series is for one purpose and one purpose only: gaining a lot of money. Taking an every day situation, overloading it with too much hip hop attitude and then airing it on TV. Series like this are as successful as they are short-living and unoriginal. About every year, a reality series comes out, airs for a few month, and then gets cancelled. "Pimp My Ride" is no exception. It is pure consumerism and does not have a single episode of originality. It is one of many short-lived reality series and, as far as we can tell, will not be the last of its genre. In this series the only value is the language, which is bleeped out. But you can still tell what they are saying. Recommended age: 12+
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Too much swearing

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