Parents' Guide to

Same Name

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Gimmick series has good messages and genuine emotion.

TV CBS Reality TV 2011
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At first, SAME NAME feels like a riff on gimmicky fish-out-of-water TV that puts celebrities in unpleasant situations to watch them squirm -- which worked so well for I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Ahem. But it soon evolves into a genuinely touching social experiment with surprisingly meaningful takeaways.

Even David Hasselhoff, who's essentially kept his career afloat by cashing in on his overhyped Hoff-ness, gets to a point where he's crying actual tears over the new family he's found in rural Lake Jackson, Texas, the home of 27-year-old landscaper David Hasselhoff, Jr. Not every celebrity shows that kind of emotion, but it's worth watching when it happens.

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