Repo Games

TV review by
Matt Springer, Common Sense Media
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Mean-spirited game show makes fun of folks behind on bills.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

Many threats of physical violence from upset car owners toward the repossession team; a great deal of shouting and verbal abuse.

Sex

Occasional crude jokes.

Language

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.

Consumerism

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.

What 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.
 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykymber March 24, 2012

keep repo games

love the show because you have to learn to pay for what you buy. nothing in this world is free.
Adult Written bySpotOn July 17, 2011

Lighten Up

The reviewer considering his uber-republican values is totally a tool to dog this fine show, like he would want these folks to live next to him. As wrong as thi... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 13, 2012

for older audiences

Just a lot of arguments and swearing

What's the story?

The recession has left many people jobless and short on funds for critical bills such as car payments. REPO GAMES follows two repo men, Tom De Tone and Josh Lewis, and their crews as they attempt to repossess cars from desperate owners. As you might expect, the car owners are never happy to see the repo men, and are often outright hostile bordering on violent. However, these repo men come with a twist: If the owner of the car can answer three of five trivia questions, the owners will win the car outright -- no more payments and no more threat of repossession.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the show perpetuates negative stereotypes. How does the show depict the poor?

  • Do you think the show's depiction of the car owners is fair to them? Why or why not? Does anyone "deserve" to be on a show like this?

  • Participants most likely signed consent forms in order to appear on the show. Why would people want to be on TV under these circumstances? How does editing and camera angles affect how the participants are depicted?

TV details

For kids who love contests

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