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Shalom in the Home

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dr. Phil in a yarmulke meets Supernanny. Teens OK.

TV TLC Reality TV 2006
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Shalom in the Home is pretty realistic about its ability to affect change in such a short amount of time. Much like Dr. Phil, Rabbi Shmuley must get to the core of the problem in such a short amount of time that he forces participants to practice what he's taught before they've necessarily bought into the idea. But sometimes this leading hand is just what participants need to believe change is possible.

While episodes conclude with optimism, the endings aren't as neatly tied up as they are in Supernanny-type shows. And overall, a lot more real emotion and progress seem to emerge throughout the process. Shmuley, an orthodox rabbi, emphasizes traditional roles for and characteristics of men and women, and this approach may turn off some viewers. But overall, he's worldly and open-minded enough to appeal to a broad audience.

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