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Parents' Guide to

Stars Earn Stripes

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fire-powered reality contest tries to honor U.S. servicemen.

TV NBC Reality TV 2012
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The action-packed series raises awareness for various charities while paying homage to the men and women who serve the United States in the armed forces and other first-responder units. Throughout the competition, details are offered about the servicemen on the show, the different kinds of weapons the units are using to complete their missions, and the intense training and real challenges they face when engaged in real-life military operations and crisis situations.

Some folks will find the pseudo-military maneuvers and large-scale fire power featured in Stars Earn Stripes inspiring. But thanks to some cheesy special effects, obviously placed sponsorship logos, and the endless repetition of words like "patriotic" and "hero," the show also manages to trivialize what really happens when people go to war or respond during times of crisis by recreating these experiences into Hollywood-style competitions. There are some mild positive messages here, but, overall, Stars Earn Stripes makes entertainment out of violence.

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