Parents' Guide to

Reality Hell

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Over-the-top series pokes fun at wannabe reality stars.

TV E! Reality TV 2009
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In order to poke maximum fun at the kind of people who are willing to do or put up with almost anything for their moment in the reality spotlight, the show exaggerates traditional reality show moments and tends to really push the envelope when it comes to sexual innuendo, language, and confrontations. In fact, some of the behavior (like posing in extremely suggestive modeling poses and shocking people sitting in electric chairs) is so extreme that it's just as bad as -- if not worse than -- the reality shows it's trying to parody.

Viewers might find themselves stifling a chuckle when watching the unsuspecting contestants navigate their way through these well-orchestrated pranks. But the show also offers, perhaps unintentionally, an uncomfortable commentary about this country's obsession with reality television and the behavior that viewers have come to expect from those who appear on them.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: August 16, 2009
  • Network: E!
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 24, 2022

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