Run's House

TV review by
Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Rapper runs a positive house for tweens and up.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 6 reviews

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

Positive Messages

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


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byazguy32 November 6, 2011

Mother is a wimp

Are you kidding me. I am watching this and the mother has to do a book signing and she is too stressed so she has to stay at a hotel. Are you serious. It it tha... Continue reading
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 wi... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old August 27, 2009

run dmc rules!

thx run dmc for making rap alive
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

i laughed

this show is a great for any age it teaches problems and at the end of every show rev run takes notes on his cell phone and tells what he learned.

this is a m... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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