A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this titillating reality series (which first aired on HBO in the mid-'90s) reveals real people's raw, risqué stories via probing questions from their cab drivers. Hidden cameras film passengers as they vividly describe experiences with sex, drugs, and violence. Passengers include married couples coming to Vegas to "swing," transsexual prostitutes talking about the violence they've experienced, and young women who describe themselves as concubines to married men. It's a truly voyeuristic experience -- and because of its sex, violence, and language, it's not for kids or even young teens.
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What's the story?
Each episode of TAXICAB CONFESSIONS, which debuted on HBO in the mid-'90s, features conversations recorded via small hidden cameras inside taxis in New York and Las Vegas. Men and women of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and demographics share their stories. Viewers might meet a married couple demonstrating how to use strap-ons and other sexual accessories, a self-proclaimed borderline-suicidal transvestite who always packs a butcher knife for protection, a women who describes herself as \"fat and ugly\" and has no hope of ever finding love, or two young men determined to spend their evening with many women at once.
Is it any good?
The show's "information" definitely does pique curiosity about the real lives of men and women living in urban settings. It's also very mature. Even adults are likely to be shocked by what they see and hear, but at least -- thanks to their own life experiences -- they can sift through the information and put it in context. But kids and young teens may very well be downright disturbed to hear so much raw talk of sex, violence, loneliness, desperation, fear, and sadness.
While it may all add up to be provocative slice of American urban life, Taxicab Confessions is clearly meant for adults only.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about sex, frankly. What messages does the show send about sex? Parents can point out that although different people have different sexual needs and desires, safe sex and healthy precautions are important for everyone. How do young viewers feel about watching other people's private conversations? Is this an invasion of privacy?