A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's tone and humor mock those unfortunate enough to be unable to afford car payments. There is no respect or compassion shown toward the participants by the show's writing, editing, or on-camera talent.
Positive Role Models
The show's hosts are especially poor role models for young people, as their entire job entails mocking and exploiting the poor, though they attempt to be playful during the process.
Violence & Scariness
Many threats of physical violence from upset car owners toward the repossession team; a great deal of shouting and verbal abuse.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional crude jokes.
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Frequent and unbleeped use of "damn," "hell," and "ass"; stronger words such as "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped. Occasional use of "Jesus Christ" as an expletive.
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Products & Purchases
Car brand names mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Although there is little onscreen drinking or drugs, the show is edited in such a way that it sometimes suggests contestants are under the influence. Occasional on-screen smoking by contestants in the game.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this mean-spirited reality show exploits the poor and unfortunate in search of laughs. Language can be strong ("ass" "hell" and "Jesus" as an exclamation), although the strongest words ("f--k" and "s--t") are bleeped. The show's mocking tone and its central concept, which is designed to take advantage of the needy, sets a bad example for kids.
Is It Any Good?
Repo Games preys on people who are behind on their bills during difficult economic times by first attempting to repossess their cars, and then offering them the chance to "win" their own vehicle if they can answer some trivia questions. It attempts to create entertainment out of mocking the less fortunate for their inability to make car payments and backing them into a corner to participate in the trivia contest with questions of insignificant educational value (sample question: "Name Hugh Hefner's current fiancee").
Is it possible the "contestants" have squandered money, instead of simply not having enough of it to make car payments? Who knows? There is no context provided. Even if there were, it's hard to imagine feeling good about the disdain with which Repo Games treats the participants. The tone is superior and mocking. It's rare that a television series not only lacks redeeming value, but actively promotes a disturbing outlook on our culture. Repo Games is such a show. If teens do watch, parents might want to step in and start a conversation about the show's messages.
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