A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Rabbi Shmuley promotes positive behavior, taking responsibility for one's actions, self-respect, and loving acts. Families of all ethnicities and arrangements are featured.
Violence & Scariness
Kids hit each other and sometimes their parents.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens kiss; discussion of adultery; teen sex.
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Strong language from kids and teens: "bitch," "s--t", and even "f--k" (the big ones are bleeped). But language is only used to illustrate intensity of problems in the household and is infrequent.
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Products & Purchases
The rabbi's Airstream trailer is featured prominently.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some shows may discuss use of substances.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality show features families in crisis. Kids are shown acting out against their parents and siblings -- physically and verbally. Strong language, some physical intimacy between teenagers, discussion of violence, sex, and adult relationship problems all crop up. Also, conservative values play a role in the focus of the series.
Is It Any Good?
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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