Spoiled Rotten Pets

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Animals' lavish lifestyles = worry-free fun for families.

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Educational Value

Viewers learn fun facts about different animal species through pop-up bubbles that teach about animal physiology, diet, average lifespan, etc.

Positive Messages

The subjects are exemplary pet owners with respect to the care they show to their animals' basic needs, but the lavish lifestyles will seem excessive to some viewers. It seems to stem from a true affection for the animals, though.

Positive Role Models & Representations

These people tend to their pets' every need with care and concern. What some might call "overkill," others will see as a genuine connection between humans and animals.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Occasionally owners talk about their pets' "sexy" attire. In one scene a woman mentions the size of a ferret's penis.

Language

Rarely "hell," "badass" (in a play-on-words reference to a donkey), and "butt."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Spoiled Rotten Pets offers viewers a surprising and often comical glimpse into the world of extravagant pet ownership. The subjects are proud to show off their animals' lavish lifestyles and most don't hesitate to admit that their atypical priorities seem odd to the general public, so there's no guilt in getting a few chuckles at their expense. On the plus side, their dedication to the basics of responsible pet ownership is impressive, and they obviously enjoy time with these members of their family. Expect to hear some language on occasion ("hell," "badass," etc.), but you'll also learn some fun facts about the animals if you do tune in.

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What's the story?

In SPOILED ROTTEN PETS, host Beth Stern visits the homes of pets of all shapes and sizes living in their owners' laps of luxury. From pampered potbellied pigs to diva donkeys, these animals are accustomed to living high on the hog, and there's no limit to the lengths to which their humans will go to make them happy. Each episode sees Stern on location with one pet-loving family and intersperses interviews with others whose lives revolve around their spoiled animals.

Is it any good?

If your idea of pampering your pet is a trip to the neighborhood salon for a cut and dry, then you'll be shocked to learn how these "parents" take the job to greater extremes. These animals have their own rooms, walk-in closets, and expensive wardrobes. They're treated to over-the-top parties, get their hooves painted, have "Pup Scout" meetings in the park, and even have readings done on their paw prints. Sound crazy? That's just the tip of the iceberg.

Spoiled Rotten Pets is an amusing peek into the homes of animals whose privileged lifestyles rival those of many humans. It's a fun, frivolous way for families to spend 30 minutes, and you're sure to have plenty to mull -- and giggle -- over when it's done. There's even some learning to be had, thanks to pop-ups that share fun facts about many different species.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about pet care. What jobs are part of your family's pet care routine? How do these help keep your animals healthy and happy? To what extent do you spoil your pets?

  • Compare this series to other reality shows on the market. Which ones are the most voyeuristic? Do any have negative agendas? What does this series aim to do?

  • How might outsiders judge American values based on our media offerings? Do you think this show disproportionately represents the public? Is it OK for a movie or series to exist strictly for entertainment rather than for loftier reasons?

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