The Bussey Bunch

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Modern-day Brady Bunch wrestles to make it.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The series focuses on family, but many of the Bussey kids are immature and lazy, and they're sometimes shown arguing with each other. Mom Cheryl keeps the family together, but she constantly complains about Michael not paying attention to her. The Busseys are Christian and are seen praying together.

Violence

Features wrestling matches in which contenders are hit, thrown, and pinned. Some wrestlers smash chairs, guitars, and other objects on their opponents' head. These moves are done by trained professionals and don't cause any real harm. Some bickering/fighting between the kids.

Sex

Ring girls dressed in suggestive clothing are occasionally seen during matches. Cheryl Bussey refers to them as "slutty."

Language

Audible language includes "ass" and "crap." Stronger words (like "f--k" and "s--t") are bleeped.

Consumerism

The series is a promotional vehicle for PCW Wrestling.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Visible consumption of alcohol; the Busseys' underage son drinks with his college buddies and is often too hung-over to go to class.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series -- which follows a blended family for whom wrestling is a family business -- includes some language ("damn," "crap," with stronger words bleeped) and underage drinking by a college student. The six children are technically adults, but many of them exhibit immature behavior. There are lots of pro-wrestling scenes in which participants are thrown, slapped, and pinned as part of the performance. Parents may want to remind kids that wrestling stunts should never be attempted without the supervision of a professional.

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Adult Written bypastormatthew April 9, 2008
Adult Written byfullhouse April 9, 2008

I laughed at this fun family!!!!

I think that this family is trying to pursue the American Dream of having their own family business. They all are involved and are trying to make it work, no ma... Continue reading

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What's the story?

THE BUSSEY BUNCH is a reality series about a rowdy but loving Texas family for whom wrestling isn't just a sport, but a way of life. It centers on Cheryl and Michael Bussey, owners of PCW Wrestling, who each brought three children to the family when they got married. But unlike The Brady Bunch, the Bussey clan is struggling to keep their tight-knit family together while also keeping their business afloat.

Is it any good?

While this show isn't the most exciting reality option out there, it does contain some positive messages about the love and commitment of family. But the immaturity exhibited by some of the Busseys' grown children makes the series more annoying than inspirational, especially when they seem oblivious to the fact that their family business is in financial jeopardy. It doesn't help that Cheryl, who isn't a wrestling fan, often feels "left out" by her husband and kids when they're at the gym or living their own lives.

The show has some strong language (words like "ass" and "crap" are frequent, while words like "s--t" are bleeped out) and lots of action-packed wrestling sequences. The latter will appeal to wrestling fans of all ages, while older viewers may also be interested in watching what goes into running a professional wrestling outfit.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different ways that television has portrayed combined or "blended" families over the years. What's changed since the idealistic Brady Bunch days? What are some of the challenges blended families face when they come together? Families can also discuss professional wrestling. Why do viewers enjoy watching people getting smacked, hit, and thrown down? Did you know that televised wrestling is actually a way of telling a story?

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