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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Conniving and scheming are a large part of the series; contestants speak poorly of each other in video diaries; viewers are urged to vote off their least favorite contestant via online polling.
Violence & Scariness
Screaming matches and occasional "drunken" brawls.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussion about -- and video montages of -- past hook-ups (including a three-way among cast members); kissing.
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Foul language is bleeped ... but there are a lot of bleeps.
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Products & Purchases
Ask.com and cell phone companies are featured; prizes are from major corporations; viewers are urged to visit MTV.com.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking and drinking (including hard liquor). Some participants are underage.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this MTV series debuted in 1995 and has been on and off the air ever since. The show was made over in 2007 to compete with the newer, flashier extreme-challenge reality shows that have cropped up in its wake. The six competitors travel together for hundreds of miles in a cramped RV, which makes for plenty of drama. As in many other MTV reality shows, hook-ups, drinking (some of it by those who are underage), bad language, and fighting are the norm.
Is It Any Good?
The show's challenges are physically demanding and -- with their extreme heights, underwater treasure hunts, and exhausting relays -- are created to scare the participants straight. Naturally, despite the fact that these are the most engaging parts of the show, they get the least amount of airtime. Instead, episodes focus on drama between the players ... and with all the partying and arguing they do, there's no shortage of conflict to show.
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