Stripped

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Folks bare all in truly minimalist social experiment.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The goal is to discover what one can do without so many material possessions. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some contestants handle the experience better than others. Most learn from it. 

Violence

Mild arguments sometimes break out between cast members. 

Sex

Nudity blurred. Some strong sexual references. Discussions about getting pregnant. 

Language

Occasional strong words ("damn," "hell," etc.) Bleeped curses. 

Consumerism

Occasional references to Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, and other designers. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Stripped is a reality series where people agree to have everything they own "stripped away," including their clothes. It features naked people (all private parts are blurred) who have accepted the challenge to live in urban areas without material goods. There's a lot of bleeped cursing, some strong sexual references, and discussion of designers like Oscar de la Renta and brands like Givenchy. Occasionally arguments break out between cast members. Mature themes, including conversations about disintegrating relationships and getting pregnant, are discussed. 

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What's the story?

Based on a hit Scandinavian show, STRIPPED is an unscripted series designed to reveal how people adapt to having everything they own stripped away. For 21 days, a household gives up everything they own, including furniture, money, toiletries, and the clothes on their back. They must carry on with their daily lives while having nothing but military rations, water, and toilet paper. To help with this process, participants can go to the storage unit filled with their belongings and each chose one item per day to take back with them. Friends and family can buy them food and services, but those visits had to be prearranged. Throughout the experience, the participants hope to learn more about themselves and their relationships, and whether they rely too much on material goods to be happy. After the three weeks are over, the couples get to reflect. 

Is it any good?

This social experiment challenges participants to live a full life without the practical and luxury goods we all rely on every day. They are positioned to think carefully about what they want versus what they actually need, both to survive and to be happy. Inevitably, contestants must also think about how their lives are driven by their material possessions, often at the cost of personal relationships and other life experiences. 

These messages are constructive ones, but Stripped dilutes the overall experience by offering participants too many loopholes to access material goods throughout the three weeks. Furthermore, the moments of reflection are brief, and much of the show's entertainment value comes from watching participants choose (and use) coveted items from storage. But it's an interesting premise, and one that may get you thinking about the amount of stuff you have in your life.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to live without any material possessions for three weeks like they do on Stripped. How hard would it be? What would you miss the most? What could you easily live without?

  • What messages do you think Stripped is trying to convey? Is it effective in doing so? Why did participants decide to appear on the show?

TV details

  • Premiere date: December 5, 2017
  • Network: Bravo
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming

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