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Raising Sextuplets

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Couple counts blessings amid chaos of toddlerhood.

TV WE Reality TV 2009
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Society's fascination with watching other people's lives gives birth to yet another reality series documenting the extreme circumstances of a family with multiples. For those familiar with series like Jon & Kate Plus 8, there are no surprises here, as most of the show chronicles how Bryan and Jenny manage the logistics of such a large family and work to make time for their own pursuits, too. The content is at different times engaging, funny, and heartwarming, and the Masches' parenting woes are relatable for parents of any number of kids.

The show's mere existence regenerates familiar issues that haunt reality TV as a whole, including the possibility of exploitation (the kids have no say in whether they're being filmed, after all) and the question of whether what's shown is truly is reality or just an act for the cameras. That said, there are some positive points about Raising Sextuplets, most notably the respectful relationship between Bryan and Jenny, who communicate their feelings without harsh words, respect each other's individuality, and support each other's personal goals. What's more, the show focuses on everyday events like celebrating holidays and enjoying an occasional dinner out -- rather than flaunting the special privileges that the family's celebrity affords them -- keeping the content on par with most viewers' experiences.

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