Sex...with Mom and Dad

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Dr. Drew helps teens, parents open up about sex.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The show's focus is on helping people make the right (and healthiest) choices for themselves and (when necessary) change destructive sexual patterns.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Parents and their teen/adult kids improve their communication about sexual topics. There's plenty of conflict, too, but the overall goal is to make things better.

Violence

Occasional arguing between parents and their children.

Sex

Lots of candid conversations about sexual activity, promiscuity, orgasms, homosexuality, and other sex-related issues. Although there are lots of uncomfortable moments (which sometimes shock the parents), these conversations are more informative and honest than salacious. Euphemisms like "bonk" and "leak" are used to describe sexual activity. Occasionally teens and adults are shown kissing and making out.

Language

Language includes audible use of words like "ass," "whore," and "douche bag."

Consumerism

References to Dr. Drew's Loveline.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional scenes of teens/adults drinking as it relates to their sexual behavior.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, in an attempt to create a healthy dialogue about often-tricky topics, parents and their teen/adult children candidly discuss sex and sexual behavior in this forthright reality show. Sessions with TV personality Dr. Drew Pinsky offer information and resources about various sex-related issues, including promiscuity, sexual health, and homosexuality. While some of the conversations can be awkward and even a little crude (words like "leak" and "douche bag" sometimes pop up), the show's goal is to help families start talking about sex and making healthy, smart choices.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5, 7, and 13 year old Written byTBF June 13, 2009

this was on jasons reading list

so i told him he ould read it when he sacrifices his wii
Teen, 13 years old Written by9001 November 13, 2009

17+

Haven't seen the show, but this sounds like it's not intended for children.
Teen, 13 years old Written bykossu August 13, 2009

What's the story?

In SEX... WITH MOM AND DAD, young adults and their parents learn to talk openly and honestly about sexual topics that are impacting their lives. Each episode spotlights a teen who's having trouble communicating with his or her parent(s) about sex-related issues. With the help of celebrity relationship expert Dr. Drew Pinsky, the family members participate in a series of unique challenges designed to help them build a stronger, more trusting relationship so they can talk about sex a bit more easily. These exercises also help them understand the potentially positive and negative consequences resulting from the way they think about -- and engage in -- sexual behavior.

Is it any good?

Pinsky offers non-judgmental advice about how to think and talk about subjects like promiscuity, STDs, orgasms, and sexual addiction. He also offers information about sexual health, including the physical, emotional, and familial impact of certain sexual patterns (such as engaging in unprotected sex with multiple partners). But while the show is designed to be educational, each 30-minute episode only scratches the surface of the complex psychological issues influencing some of the teens' decisions -- and their parents' ability to deal with them.

Meanwhile, the show includes lots of frank conversations about sexual topics, some of which can get a little crude. The dialogue might be shocking for some viewers (particularly when teens open up about their more destructive behavior), but it's all presented within the context of helping teens and their parents understand the consequences of their actions. Some younger teens may not be ready to handle the subject matter, but mature teens and their parents could learn a lot.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why sexual topics are often difficult or too "taboo" to talk about. Why are some people uncomfortable talking about sex?

  • Teens: How can you approach your parents to ask questions or address concerns you have about sex? Parents: What's the best way to approach these issues with your kids?

  • How does the media impact the way we think (and talk) about sex and sex-related topics?

TV details

  • Premiere date: September 29, 2008
  • Cast: Drew Pinsky
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming

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