Rob & Big

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Jackass-lite is typical teen reality fare.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 15 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Shows that it's OK to have fun (even the goofy, stupid kind) as long as nobody gets hurt and you play it safe.


Talk of flirting with/meeting women.


Curses are bleeped out; "damn" is used.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol is served at a party.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality show revolves around the exploits of skateboarding phenomenon Rob Dyrdek and his live-in bodyguard, Christopher "Big Black" Boykin. Both clearly perform for the cameras, and some scenes might be too much for sensitive young viewers (for example, when Big is swimming in an athletic supporter, the cameras blur Big's butt as he exits the water). Impressionable teens may need a reminder not to copy anything they watch on TV at home.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDesolate1 February 20, 2009

A Must Watch Show

This is one of the best shows IVE seen in a very long time. i laugh sooo hard watching Big Black ride the skateboard and Rob use the NETGUN. it is the best show... Continue reading
Parent of a 13 and 16-year-old Written bydeniegonzo January 25, 2009

pretty cool

Well growing up in brea ca its cool to see real stuff rob and big mix well it seems real but cool at the same time i am 50 years old and what i see is unique an... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBraiden Koenemann August 9, 2013

Good for preteens, if you can handle that stuff.

Rob & Big is an awesome show. It has Kick-ass humor. everything you could expect with a MTV show.
Kid, 11 years old November 18, 2009
Preety cool fantasy factory is better but still good concept:)

What's the story?

For pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and his bodyguard, Christopher \"Big Black\" Boykin, the world is their personal playground. Whether they're messing around in their shared Hollywood Hills bachelor pad or mixing it up at local skate parks, Rob and Big never fail to crack each other up. And that's pretty much ROB & BIG in a nutshell. Like fraternity brothers on steroids, Rob and Big -- who was hired to make sure that his thirtysomething charge can enjoy local skate parks without hassle -- spend each episode drifting from one mindless prank to the next.

Is it any good?

Teens (particularly boys) are sure to get a kick out of this program, and while parents might not get the joke, they shouldn't worry too much about letting adolescent kids tune in. Compared to the guys on Jackass, these two are like Drake & Josh. Although Rob and Big are on a constant quest for laughs, in the end they're pretty stand-up guys who don't mean any harm.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss living on your own. What's it like to live independently for the first time? How do your responsibilities change? Do you think being on your own in real life is anything like Rob and Big's life on the show?

  • When you have roommates, why is it important to respect each other's space? How is living with family members similar to and different from living with roommates?

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