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Run's House

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Rapper runs a positive house for tweens and up.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Parents are involved in kids' lives, assist in motivating and keeping them on track. Positive role models and a relatable family.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

It's MTV -- Rev. Run has a new album out.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this MTV reality show stands apart from most of the channel's programming. The show prominently portrays one affluent African-American family's values and morals. Unlike many MTV shows, there is no sex, language, or violence to worry about.

What's the story?

Former rap artist Joey Simmons, aka Run of RUN-DMC, has added Reverend to his resume. This half-hour show is dedicated to the experiences of Rev. Run's five kids and how he and his wife shape their kids into responsible teens. Parents are often non-existent when it comes to reality television, but on RUN'S HOUSE, they're front and center. Joey and wife Justine live a privileged life, but they manage to keep their children grounded in reality.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Run's House is appropriate for older tweens and up, and kids may even learn a lesson or two in the process. They'll be interested because the lively Simmons kids, who range in age from grade school to college grad, are fun to watch. Each child has had an episode spotlight his or her life: Angela struggled with avoiding nepotism when applying for an internship with her aunt, while JoJo aimed to strengthen his grades. During Russy's "sportsmanship" episode, we see him break two Gameboys and throw a tantrum while bowling with his family. Concerned about how his youngest son is dealing with competition, Rev. Run has him write an essay on sportsmanship. Who ever expected to see good parenting on an MTV show?

Each episode ends with the Rev. in his bathtub, text messaging a "moral message" to his friends; in the tradition of Doogie Howser and Carrie Bradshaw, Rev. Run sums up the episode and shares his newfound insight. Despite this corny device, the show isn't preachy. There's an element of comedy and sarcasm within the show that keeps it from being too serious or heavy-handed. Parents may want to encourage kids interested in the world of MTV to choose Run's House over other reality favorites like Laguna Beach or Real World.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about a range of topics, including respect for one's parents and family support. They could also discuss whether or not they think the family is acting naturally or if they're "performing" for the camera. How real is this reality program?

TV details

Premiere date:October 13, 2005
Cast:Joseph Simmons
Networks:MTV, Style Network
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written bymahilana July 28, 2010

Waste of time!

This family is annoying! The mom has the whole "dumb" act down and I can't tell if it's real or not.The kids are spoiled and just running wild. I really dislike how Run is all about positive messages yet the show itself isn't anything positive.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Adult Written byladidanz April 9, 2008

A reality show about a family, that families can watch together

The Simmons' are the modern day Cosby's! I didn't realize how humorous everyday actions were until I watched Diggy throw a gameboy, and Rev Run go to a yoga class with his daughters and brother talking about how stinky it is. There's no acting, no retakes, no setting up a scene, MTV got it right on this show.
Adult Written byNysunflowerGa April 9, 2008

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