Parents' Guide to

The Briefcase

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Reality show exploits America's (struggling) family values.

TV CBS Reality TV 2015
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The voyeuristic and exploitative series creates entertainment by showing struggling middle-class families deciding their needs against the needs of others. Though it contains messages about sharing and self-evaluation, much of the show's tear-jerking drama is a result of people having a hard time tapping into what they thought was their core value system once the possibility of financial relief presents itself.

No doubt folks will be drawn to the series, especially when values such as selflessness and generosity are major themes. But it feels contrived given that it's only surfacing as a result of an event that's the equivalent of winning the lottery. However, the overall concept calls attention to the growing number of hard-working middle-class Americans who find themselves sinking into poverty, which is an issue parents can certainly address with their kids.

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