The Dudesons in America

Common Sense Media says

Stupid, painful stunts could give kids VERY dangerous ideas.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although the show runs a disclaimer discouraging viewers from trying dangerous stunts at home, the central message is that pain -- and risking your life -- is funny.

Positive role models

The Dudesons seem like nice guys and have lifelong friendships to prove it, but their reckless behavior isn't something you'd ever want your kids to emulate.


Characters have nails driven through their earlobes, have their buttocks branded with hot irons, and voluntarily injure their testicles, etc. Sometimes there's blood and/or a trip to the hospital.


Some body-part humor, such as stunts involving the testicles or buttocks.


Occasional bleeped swearing ("f--k," "s--t"), usually in moments of extreme pain.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Jackass-style reality stunt show mines laughs from dangerous games that cause serious pain to the participants. Despite the disclaimer aired before the show warning kids not to try what they see on the show, tweens and some teens might be tempted to try out what is portrayed as fun, and as a normal part of male bonding. You'll see the Dudesons sliding down a bannister and slamming testicles-first into the newel post; having their earlobes nailed to a 2x4; getting flipped by angry bulls; and having their buttocks branded with a white-hot "USA" brand. You'll also hear some bleeped swearing ("f--k" and "s--t") uttered mostly in moments of extreme pain and see occasional bare buttocks.

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What's the story?

When lifelong friends Jukka Hilden, Jarppi Leppälä, Jarno Laasala, and Hannu-Pekka "HP" Parviainen move their hit extreme-stunt show, The Dudesons, from Finland to the United States, they become THE DUDESONS IN AMERICA, taking up residence on a ranch and challenging each other to a littany of cringe-inducing dares. Like being dragged behind a horse on water skis through an obstacle course. Or having their buttocks branded with a blistering "USA" insignia. The Dudesons have previously appeared on Viva La Bam, and the show is produced by Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine (of Jackass fame).

Is it any good?


Adults who like the whole violence/comedy thing might get a few laughs at the Dudesons' expense -- or, like us, have their eyes covered for half of the show. But this is no place for kids, even with the bold-faced dislaimer that runs before each show urging them not to try these stunts at home.

The friends good-natured personalities might make it easy to overlook their irresponsible behavior. And kids who aren't old enough to exercise good judgement might be tempted to follow in the cheerful guys' footsteps. And that can only lead to injury...or a show on MTV.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the show's reliance on violence for humor, and why some people think it's funny to see others injure themselves on purpose, all for the sake of a laugh. What's the appeal?

  • Why would these guys agree to hurt themselves on national television -- in other words, what do you think they're getting out of it? Does the show clearly communicate the level of risk involved with each stunt?

  • How much of what you're seeing in real, and how can you tell? Does knowing that the Dudesons are actually in pain affect how you react to their antics?

TV details

Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byPlague May 11, 2010

The Dudesons in America

This is a very funny, but highly dangerous show. The guys do stunts that people would never imagine doing. Even the Jackass crew would think twice before attempting these stunts. But aside from the dangerous situations they put themselves and eachother through, they show compassion to one another and have an almost brother-like bond for eachother. The Dudesons have always been one of my favorite shows ever since they air it on Spike, but I would never recommend this show for anyone under the age of 13.
What other families should know
Great messages
Parent of a 14 year old Written byHolly499 May 29, 2010

We like the Dudesons

I think the dudesons are great.They are funny,very loyal to each other.They let nothing stand in their way.Their attitude is always positive.I don't see anything negative in what they do.If anything I think they send out positive messages to teens.
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Written byAnonymous June 7, 2010

Very funny, but inappropriate...

This series revolves around a bunch of friends doing stupid and extremely funny stuff. DANGER IS AN ISSUE! Lots of buttocks are seen...
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism


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